A community governance review gives us an opportunity to review parish arrangements.  

It allows us to implement any appropriate changes to improve community engagement, local democracy and delivery of services in the local area. 

The review can include: 

  • creating, merging, altering or abolishing parishes 
  • the naming of parishes and the style of new parishes 
  • the electoral arrangements for parishes  
  • grouping parishes under a common parish council or degrouping parishes 

Who is consulted 

The consultation is publicly available to all residents and businesses.  

We will also consult with local councillors, community groups and associations, parish councils and MPs in the review areas.  

Every household located in the areas affected by the proposals will be written to and invited to respond. 

Our 2021 review 

We began reviewing some parts of South Gloucestershire in 2021. This was to consider if new parish or town areas should be set up in some parts and making alternations to other areas to make sure they reflect the communities they represent.  

View the terms of reference for the review. 

What has happened 

In the first phase of consultation 8 areas or parishes were considered. 

The Regulatory Committee reviewed the consultation response in the February 2022 meeting. It then made recommendations to review areas and agreed a second phase. 

The second phase of consultation was undertaken on: 

  • Charlton Hayes 
  • Kingswood 
  • Staple Hill and Mangotsfield 
  • Stoke Park and Cheswick 

Consultation will take place on the remaining areas included within the terms of reference for the review alongside the second phase of consultation in areas where new parish or town councils are being created.  

Final recommendations of the Regulatory Committee were considered by full council in October 2022.  

What happens next 

Any changes approved as part of the review will be implemented from the District and Parish elections in May 2023. 

Data sharing 

Any personal information supplied will be held by South Gloucestershire Council in accordance with data protection legislation.

It will only be used for the purpose of these community governance reviews. Personal information will not be published and individuals will not be identified. 

For details of how we use and protect your information read our privacy notice.    

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