Public notice - outcome of the Macclesfield Community Governance Review
Cheshire East Council has conducted a Community Governance Review for the unparished area of Macclesfield, under the provisions of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007.
In summary, a recommendation was made at the Council meeting on 11 December 2014. The final decision, made by the Constitution Committee on 29 January 2015 is as follows:
1) That in the interests of effective and convenient local government and having taken into account the representations received and the views of the Macclesfield Local Service Delivery Committee, a single parish council be created for the whole of the unparished area of Macclesfield in accordance with the following:
i) that a new parish be constituted for the unparished area of Macclesfield;
ii) that the name of the new parish shall be the Parish of Macclesfield;
iii) that the parish shall have a parish council named Macclesfield Parish Council;
iv) that the parish council shall not have an alternative style (defined as Neighbourhood, Community or Village), but the Parish Council be advised to consider its designation as a Town Council;
v) that the parish shall be divided into 7 wards, the boundaries of such wards to be co-terminous with the current Borough ward boundaries ( but excluding Polling District 4BFR which is already parished); and shall have the same number of Councillors as for the Borough wards as follows:
- Broken Cross and Upton - 2 Councillors
- Macclesfield Central - 2 Councillors
- Macclesfield East - 1 Councillor
- Macclesfield Hurdsfield - 1 Councillor
- Macclesfield South - 2 Councillors&>(excluding polling district 4BFR)
- Macclesfield Tytherington - 2 Councillors
- Macclesfield West and Ivy - 2 Councillors
vi) that elections of all parish councillors for the Parish of Macclesfield be held on 7 May 2015; and
vii) that the term of office of every parish councillor elected on 7 May 2015 for the Parish of Macclesfield shall be four years, and thereafter coincide with the ordinary day of election of parish councillors every four years.
2) That the budget sum of £575,640 be included in the Re-Organisation Order for the Parish Council’s first year of operation, leading to a precept of £32.98 being raised per band D property.
3) That the budget comprise of the following net Operational costs (in addition to Administrative costs of £137,580 and Management and support costs of 15% of gross operating expenditure, excluding CCTV):
- Allotments - £10,000
- Weston Community Centre - £20,000
- Public Conveniences - £50,000
- Town Centre Management - £59,000
- Christmas Lights - £45,000
- Street Furniture - £1,270
- Floral Displays - £10,000
- CCTV - £31,450
- Grants - £80,000
- Contingency - £100,000
4) That the following assets be included in the Re-Organisation Order for transfer on the dates indicated:
- Allotments 1 April 2015
- Weston Community Centre 1 October 2015
- Public Conveniences 1 October 2015
- Reasons for the Council Decision
The Community Governance Review Sub Committee conducted the review in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 and the Government’s guidance on conducting community governance reviews.
In considering the results of the consultation and formulating recommendations, Members have ensured that the proposed community governance arrangements within the area under review are reflective of the identities and interests of the community in that area; and are effective and convenient.
Key considerations taken into account in conducting the review include:
- The impact of community governance arrangements on community cohesion
- The size, population and boundaries of local communities or parishes
- The proposed arrangements reflecting the distinctive and recognisable communities of interest with their own sense of identity
- The degree to which the proposals offer a sense of place and identify for residents.
- The ability of the proposed Parish Council to deliver quality services economically and efficiently whilst providing users with a democratic voice
- The degree to which the proposed Parish Council would be viable in terms of a unit of local government providing some local services that are convenient and accessible to local people.
In accordance with the Government Guidance, the Review has also considered and reviewed other options for community governance (such as maintaining existing arrangements, an Enhanced Local Service Delivery Committee, multiple parish councils, Community Forums, Neighbourhood Management, Community Associations, Residents and Tenants’ Associations and Community Development Trusts), and determined, following public consultation, that these did not represent better options in terms of addressing the criteria.
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 Macclesfield, as set out in the decision above.
The Council’s decision and arrangements for the new Macclesfield Parish Council are brought into effect by the “The Cheshire East Borough Council (Reorganisation of Community Governance) (Macclesfield) Order 2015”, a copy of which, together with a map showing the new parish ward boundaries, may be inspected at the Council Offices, Westfields, Sandbach.
For Further Information please contact:
Registration Service and Business Support Manager,
Governance and Democratic Services/Ground Floor (Westfields),
C/O Municipal Buildings,
Crewe, CW1 2BJ