Borough Council of Wellingborough

Community Governance Review 2018

Borough Council of Wellingborough has taken the decision to undertake a Community Governance Review (CGR) of the unparished areas within the borough, under the provisions of section 81 of the Local Government and Public Involvement and Health Act 2007.

Consultation survey

The consultation survey was open between 23 July and 23 October 2018. You can view the responses to the survey as part of the report which will be delivered to Council on 27 November 2018.

What is a Community Governance Review?

A Community Governance Review (CGR) review considers the following topics for the area under review:

  • Parish areas (creating, merging, altering or abolishing parishes)
  • Naming of parishes, and the style of new parishes
  • Grouping parishes under a common parish council
  • Electoral arrangements for parishes (creating a council, council size, number of councillors and parish warding)
  • Consequential matters, i.e: 
    • the effect on existing parishes
    • dealing with parish assets
    • resolving issues relating to employees of existing parishes
    • setting a precept for a new parish council
    • setting a date of the first elections, and
    • subsequent electoral cycles

Why is the council undertaking the review?

The council has taken the decision to undertake a review of unparished areas due to widely expected changes to local government in Northamptonshire. The review will focus on the current unparished area of the borough and some of the boundaries with the surrounding parishes. The council believes that parish councils play an important role in local democracy, both in terms of community empowerment and engagement, and the delivery of local services. This review aims to ensure that each community in the borough is effectively represented so that governance within the borough continues to be robust and capable of meeting future challenges.

Ultimately, the recommendations made in a CGR should bring about improved community engagement, more cohesive communities, improved local democracy, and should result in more effective and convenient delivery of local services.

Draft Proposals

On Tuesday 17 July, Council discussed multiple proposals and decided to put the below proposal forward for public consultation. 

The proposal is outlined below.

  • Creation of a single parish council covering the town of Wellingborough
  • Recommend that the name of the proposed council to be Wellingborough Town Council
  • The first elections to the proposed council to be on the same date as the next ordinary elections of parish councils in the borough (May 2019, unless this date is amended by statute)
  • The number of councillors to be elected to the proposed new parish council (council size) to be 23 councillors
  • The proposed new parish area to be divided into 9 wards for the purposes of electing councillors
  • The boundaries of the wards of the proposed new parish council to be indicated as the map found at this link
  • The boundaries of Great Harrowden and Finedon parishes to be amended to allow for the Glenvale Park and Stanton Cross Sustainable Urban Extensions to be fully contained within the boundary for, and thus under the remit of, the new parish council (as indicated in the hatched areas of the map found at this link), pending approval from the Local Government Boundary Commission for England
  • The name of the proposed wards and the number of councillors to be elected to said proposed wards as indicated below:

Ward

Electorate

Councillors

Electorate per councillor

Polling districts in ward

Brickhill

3228

2

1614

BA, BB, BC

Croyland

4792

3

1597

CB, CC, IB, FA

Hatton

3313

2

1657

HA, HB, HC, HD

Isebrook

1762

1

1762

JA, JB

Queensway

5214

3

1738

KA, KB, KC

Redwell

5224

3

1741

LA, LB

Rixon

5236

3

1745

MA, MB, MC, MD, ME

Swanspool

4890

3

1630

NA, NB, NC, ND, CA

Victoria

4784

3

1595

OA

Consultation

In order to publicise the CGR as widely as possible, all residents of the town will receive a leaflet in their Household Enquiry Form (HEF) as part of this year's electoral register canvass, providing a link to information about the CGR. 

Residents, local organisations, local businesses and members and any other interested parties were invited to respond to the consultation between 23 July and 23 October 2018, via an online consultation and with paper copies made available at the Council offices and at various public locations across the borough.

Terms of Reference

In line with legislative requirements, BCW has published a Terms of Reference document which sets out:

  • How the review will be conducted
  • Expected timescales for the review
  • What the review will focus on
  • What the key considerations should be
  • Factual electoral and parish information, and
  • A consultation strategy

You can view the Terms of Reference document by clicking here.

You can download the notice of review by clicking here.

You can download a map of the draft proposals by clicking here.

The expected timetable, included in the Terms of Reference document, can be viewed below.

Action Timetable Date
 Terms of Reference published Approval by Council: 16 May 2018 16 May 2018
Submissions invited Seven week consultation 17 May 2018 to 5 July 2018
Draft proposals Submitted to Council 17 July 2018
  Published 18 July 2018
Consultation on draft proposals Three month consultation 23 July 2018 to 23 October 2018
Final proposals Submitted to Council 27 November 2018
Recommendations published   28 November 2018
Re-Organisation Order made by Council
(if required)
Approval by Council: 22 January 2019 22 January 2019