Community governance review

We are conducting a review of town and parish council governance arrangements across the Cheshire East Borough after the all-out elections in May 2019.

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.

The council is aware of a small number of parish council governance-related issues, together with other matters which have arisen, for example, in connection with recent and proposed developments. The review will deal with these in borough-wide, coordinated way, so at to ensure consistency of approach.

Views have been sought, through a pre-consultation survey, from residents regarding the current governance arrangements for the town and parish councils in Cheshire East. The responses from the survey will now support the development of community governance proposals, which will be formally consulted on later in 2020.

We hope to conclude the review well before the May 2023 local elections.

More details about the review and its terms of reference can be seen in the report to the Constitution Committee on 20 September 2018. Community Governance Review Report to Constitution Committee 20 September 2018 (PDF, 95KB)

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