Agenda and minutes

Community Governance Review Sub-Committee
Wednesday, 31st July, 2019 2.30 pm

Venue: The Ballroom, Sandbach Town Hall, High Street, Sandbach, CW11 1AX. View directions

Contact: Paul Mountford  Executive Democratic Services Officer

Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of Interest

To provide an opportunity for Members and Officers to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests in any item on the agenda.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

2.

Public Speaking Time/Open Session

In accordance with Procedure Rules Nos.11 and 35 a period of 10 minutes is allocated for members of the public to address the meeting on any matter relating to the work of the body in question.  Individual members of the public may speak for up to 5 minutes but the Chairman or person presiding will decide how the period of time allocated for public speaking will be apportioned where there are a number of speakers. Members of the public are not required to give notice to use this facility. However, as a matter of courtesy, a period of 24 hours’ notice is encouraged.

 

Members of the public wishing to ask a question at the meeting should provide at least three clear working days’ notice in writing and should include the question with that notice. This will enable an informed answer to be given.

 

 

Minutes:

There were no members of the public wishing to speak.

3.

Member Speaking

To provide an opportunity for Members to speak in relation to any item on the agenda.

 

Minutes:

There were no visiting members wishing to speak.

4.

Minutes of Previous meeting pdf icon PDF 61 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 18 February 2019.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 18th February 2019 be approved as a correct record.

5.

Community Governance Review - Background and Terms of Reference pdf icon PDF 143 KB

         To consider a report providing background information for Members, on the need for a Community Governance Review and reminding Members of the terms of reference for that review.

 

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee considered a report providing background information on the need for a Borough-wide community governance review, and setting out the terms of reference for that review as previously approved by the Constitution Committee. The report was aimed in particular at benefitting those members who had been appointed to the Sub-Committee since its previous meeting and the local elections in May.

 

The elections had changed the proportionality of the Sub-Committee which was now 3 Con : 2 Lab : 2 Ind. In addition, a Liberal Democrat and a Real Independent member of the Constitution Committee sat on the Sub-Committee in a non-voting capacity.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the report and the terms of reference of the review be noted.

6.

Electorate Forecasts for Community Governance Review Work pdf icon PDF 108 KB

To consider a report regarding the production of forecasts of the future electorate for the parishes and other smaller areas in the Borough, as part of its Community Governance Review work.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee considered a report on the production of forecasts of the future electorate for the parishes of the Borough.

 

The main rationale for the forecasts was to assess how the size and geographical distribution of electorates was likely to change in the coming years, so that electors could be fairly distributed between councillors.

 

The forecasts had been produced in accordance with the relevant guidance and the results could be found in appendix A to the report, which also included information on the methodology and assumptions used. 

 

The key outcomes identified in the report related to the forecast period between 2018 and 2025 and to a large extent reflected the expected volume and distribution of future housing development.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the Community Governance Review Sub-Committee recommends to the Constitution Committee that

 

1.    the methodology and assumptions used in the Council’s CGR Electorate Forecasts Technical report in Appendix A to the report be agreed, which it is acknowledged involves making some variations to the general approach outlined by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England’s guidance, and that its findings are taken forward for consideration as part of the next stage of the community governance review process; and

 

2.    the proposals for new housing identified in the Council’s Local Plan be used as a sense check against the figures forecast by the technical report in Appendix A, and they be used as a further consideration at the next stage of the community governance review process.

 

 

7.

Community Governance Review Project Report pdf icon PDF 89 KB

To consider a report providing an update on the progress made to date.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee considered a report on progress to date which also proposed an amended timeline for the review.

 

The project working group had been meeting regularly up until the end of March 2019. At that time the project was paused to allow Democratic Services to focus on the impending local and European elections. This had resulted in a three month shift in the timeline previously presented to the Sub-Committee. This would still leave more than adequate time for the review to be completed before the local elections in 2023. A revised timeline was attached as Appendix A to the report.

 

Detailed analysis of all the wards in the Borough had now been undertaken and was included in Appendix B. This included data showing electorate numbers taken from the 2019 electoral register; the number of councillor seats representing each ward; wards where the respective town/parish council had requested a review within the last 12 months or so; and electorate growth forecasts up to 2025 (the period advised by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England).

 

RESOLVED

 

That the Community Governance Review Sub-Committee

 

1.    notes the contents of the report;

 

2.    notes the analysis prepared to date;

 

3.    notes that any resident or representative body will be able to suggest the inclusion (or exclusion) of particular wards/parishes; and

 

4.    recommends that the Constitution Committee approve

 

(a)  the process and amended timeline for the review as set out in Appendix A to the report;

 

(b)  that the analysis of wards as set out in Appendix B to the report be published as part of the pre-consultation survey; and

 

(c)  the initiation of the pre-consultation survey based upon the text attached as Appendix C.