Cheshire East Community Governance Review - Part One


1. Introduction

Purpose of this survey

We are conducting a review of town and parish council governance arrangements across the Cheshire East Borough.
The overarching purpose of the review is in accordance with the 'Department of Communities and Local Government and Local Government Boundary Commission for England guidance on Community Governance Reviews’ [LGBCE Guidance]  to “ensure that community governance arrangements continue to reflect local identities and facilitate effective and convenient local government.”
Cheshire East has 186 town and parish council wards in 135 town and parish councils covering the whole borough. Cheshire East Council is responsible for electoral and governance arrangements within the borough including:
  • town and parish boundaries
  • numbers of town and parish councillors
  • arrangements for wards and the meetings of groups of parish councils
It is good practice to review community governance every 10-15 years. Cheshire East Council was created in 2009 and has yet to hold a full review of town and parish council governance.
At this stage the Council has undertaken some preliminary analysis of each of the town/ parish council wards within the borough including details of current electorate and councillor representation, together with electorate growth forecasts that take account of expected future house-building. The council has also received a small number of requests from parish councils to review their specific governance arrangements.
As part of the process, we would now like your views on how effective you feel the current governance arrangements are and if you feel changes, if any, are required and why.
Please note that the inclusion of any particular town/ parish council ward at this stage does not necessarily mean that its boundaries will change. The list is simply a starting point for deliberation.
Once this stage of the review has been complete we will develop some draft proposals which will be the subject of a formal consultation at a later date.
Submitting your comments

Please submit your response by 5pm on 31 January 2020

Please note that a red asterisk next to a question within the survey means that an answer is required before you are able to continue.

For any queries about this survey e-mail: [email protected]

Once the consultation closes we will analyse all responses, produce a summary report of them, and publish this online on our consultation webpages.

Your confidentiality is assured

We comply with all laws concerning the protection of personal information, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Any personal information you supply will remain strictly confidential and anonymous and will be held and used in line with the Data Protection Act 2018. The information you provide will only be used by Cheshire East Council to analyse the results of surveys and inform decision making. We will not pass on your personal information to any other third parties, without your prior consent. Your response will be stored and kept in line with the council's retention schedule. To find out how we use your information see our privacy policy.