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To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 30 September, 2019, copy attached as an appendix.
That the Minutes of the meeting held on 30 September 2019 be approved as a correct record.
Councillor Mrs Macpherson
Leader of the Council and Chairman of the General Purposes Committee
To consider the attached report.
Contact Officer: Craig Saunders (01296) 585043
Community Governance Reviews (CGR) were introduced through the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 and were the successor to Parish Reviews that were carried out in the past.
The final approval of any changes is ordinarily a matter for the relevant Council with electoral responsibilities rather than central government. However, the Government has amended legislation to explicitly address situations where structural changes such as a community governance petition are received during a transition period to establish a new Council. This is the position locally and, as such, final approval of any structural changes rests with the Buckinghamshire Shadow Authority Executive.
The recommendations for changes from this CGR relate solely to Bierton-with-Broughton Parish area. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England still had the final say on consequential alterations that may be proposed to District wards or County divisions, although there are none stemming from this review.
On 2 July 2019, AVDC had received a petition from Kingsbrook and Broughton electors requesting that a Community Governance Review be conducted with a view to establishing Kingsbrook as a new Civil Parish separate from Bierton with Broughton, with its own Parish Council, in time for the next Parish Council elections in 2020. The petition also suggested that Broughton Hamlet would become a Parish Meeting and that the remainder of the Bierton with Broughton Parish and Broughton Crossing be re-named as “Bierton Parish”, comprising a Bierton Ward and the Oldhams Meadow Ward.
The commencement of this review had been approved by the General Purposes Committee at its meeting on 31 July 2019, with the terms of reference being to consider the following matters:-
· That Kingsbrook be established as a new Civil Parish separate from Bierton with Broughton, with its own Parish Council, in time for the May 2020 elections.
· That “Bierton with Broughton Parish” be renamed “Bierton Parish” (consisting of two wards – Bierton and Oldhams Meadow).
· That Broughton Hamlet become a “Parish Meeting”.
The draft recommendations for public consultation had been approved for consultation at the Committee’s meeting on 30 September 2019. The Committee was now being asked to approve the final recommendations for submission to the Buckinghamshire Shadow Authority Executive.
In this instance there are no matters which need to be referred to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.
The attached appendix details information in relation to the three areas mentioned at paragraph 3.5 including:-
(i) Representations received in response to the initial consultation (held from 9 August 2019 to 6 September 2019).
(ii) Representations received on the draft recommendations (held from 11 October 2019 to 8 November 2019).
(iii) Final recommendations for consideration, including on the proposed number of Parish Councillors for the new Kingsbrook Parish Council and the Bierton Parish Council, along with reasons.
During the draft recommendations stage a consultation response had been received from the Bierton with Broughton Parish Council with a map proposing a change to the original boundary map that had been submitted with the Community Governance Petition. This was discussed in ... view the full minutes text for item 2.