Following the enactment of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007, Wealden District Council can review the boundaries and electoral arrangements of the parishes within its area. This is known as a Community Governance Review (CGR).
The Department for Local Government and Communities and the Electoral Commission have published some Guidance on the conduct of Community Governance Reviews;
- Guidance on Community Governance Reviews – 2010
- The following paragraphs are taken from the guidance:”50. Parish councils continue to have two main roles: community representation and local administration. For both purposes it is desirable that a parish should reflect a distinctive and recognisable community of place, with its own sense of identity. The views of local communities and inhabitants are of central importance.
51. The identification of a community is not a precise or rigid matter. The pattern of daily life in each of the existing communities, the local centres for education and child care, shopping, community activities, worship, leisure pursuits, transport facilities and means of communication generally will have an influence. However, the focus of people’s day-to-day activities may not be reflected in their feeling of community identity. For instance, historic loyalty may be to a town but the local community of interest and social focus may lie within a part of the town with its own separate identity.52. Section 93 of the 2007 Act requires principal councils to ensure that community governance within the area under review will be
Reflective of the identities and interests of the community in that area and
Effective and convenient
53. When considering the criteria identified in the 2007 Act, principal councils should take into account a number of influential factors, including:
The impact of community governance arrangements on community cohesion and
The size, population and boundaries of a local community of parish.”