Public Notice - Outcome of the Crewe Community Governance Review

Cheshire East Council conducted a Community Governance Review for the unparished area of Crewe, under the provisions of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007.

Council Decision

In summary, the decisions made at the Council meetings on 11 October 2012 and 13 December 2012 are as follows:

(a) That the interests of effective and convenient local government and community identities in the area would be served by the creation of a new parish with a Parish Council for the unparished area of Crewe and that Parish Council be advised to consider its designation as a Town Council;

(b) That having taken into account the representations received, the Parish should be divided into 6 wards for the purposes of election to the Parish Council, such wards to be coterminous with the existing Borough wards, with each ward having the number of parish councillors as follows:

  • Crewe St Barnabas 2
  • Crewe Central 2
  • Crewe North 2
  • Crewe South 4 (except for Gresty Brook (polling district 1GM2)
  • Crewe East 6
  • Crewe West 4

Total 20

(c) That having considered the results of the ballot of electors, the unparished part of the Borough ward of Leighton be included within the Leighton Urban ward of Leighton Parish;

(d) That elections to the Crewe Parish Council be held on 4th April 2013;

(e) That the public conveniences in Lyceum Square, Crewe be transferred to the new parish council with effect from 1st April 2013 but Cheshire East Council continue to manage the facilities for the first three months; a sum of £30,000 to be included in the budget for the first year of the parish council to cover the cost of managing these assets;

(f) That the Council allotments within the unparished part of Crewe be transferred to the new parish council with effect from 1st April 2013 on the basis of a 150 year lease; a sum of £30,000 to be included in the budget for the first year of the parish council to cover the cost of managing these assets;

(g) That the draft budget be approved, as attached to the report, subject to the addition of a contingency fund of £100,000, the budget totalling £442,000;

(h) That the change to the boundary of the Leighton Parish take effect from 1st April 2013;

(i) That no parish elections be held in Leighton until 2015 but Cheshire East Council take steps to advertise the current vacancies on the Parish Council;

(j) That the number of Parish Councillors for Leighton remain unchanged at the present time but the number be reviewed when Cheshire East Council conducts its community governance review of parish councils;

Reasons for the Council Decision

In conducting the Review, the Council has considered possible options for other forms of community governance including no change to current arrangements, Neighbourhood Management, Community Forums, Residents’ and Tenants’ Associations and Community Associations/ community development trusts. The Council also considered whether the interests of effective and convenient local government and community identities would best be served by a parish council for Crewe. Electors in the unparished area of Leighton were consulted to see if they preferred to be electors of the proposed new Crewe Parish Council or of the existing Parish of Leighton.

The Council has taken account of the feedback from all stages of public consultation and has noted the existing arrangements in place for community representation and community engagement, together with the extent to which they create opportunities for engagement and empowerment in local communities.

Accordingly the Council has concluded that the interests of local governance would be strengthened by the creation of a Parish Council for Crewe, as set out in the Council decision above, and that electors in the unparished area of Leighton should form part of Leighton Parish.

Re-Organisation Order

The Council’s decision and arrangements for the new Crewe Parish Council are brought into effect by the “The Cheshire East Borough Council (Reorganisation of Community Governance) (Crewe) Order 2013”, a copy of which, together with a map showing the new Parish and ward boundaries, may be inspected at the Council Offices, Westfields, Sandbach.

Vacancies in Leighton Urban Ward of Leighton Parish

There are currently four parish councillor vacancies in the Leighton Urban Ward of Leighton Parish which can be filled by co-option. Any person interested in being co-opted should contact the Parish Clerk:

Mrs Carol Jones, Tel: 01270 812065; email: carol.jones@ceparishclerk.co.uk  

Public Meetings

Elections to the new Crewe Parish Council took place on 4th April 2013 - Results.

The Inaugural and Annual Crewe Parish Council meeting took place on Tuesday 16th of April 2013.

For enquires about Crewe Parish Council please contact the Interim Parish Clerk: Jonathan Williams.


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