District Council Boundary Review
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is responsible for conducting reviews of local authority electoral arrangements. It can also conduct reviews of the structure of local government, and the external boundaries of local authorities.
On 9 February 2016 the LGBCE formally advised that, following a request from the Council, an electoral review of Tendring District Council would take place.
The review has now been completed and the final recommendations for Tendring were published on 4 July 2017. They proposed a pattern of 2 three member wards, 12 two member wards and 18 one member ward. The number of councillors proposed was 48. Details fo the consultation process and final recommendations can be found at: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk.
The Order implementing the LGBCE's review was laid in Parliament on 16 October. No objections were received and the Order was made on 20 November 2017. The Order can be viewed here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2017/9780111160077/contents
The new arrangements will be in place for the Tendring District Council elections in 2019.
Parliamentary Boundary Review 2018
A Parliamentary Boundary defines the area where an elector votes for their local Member of Parliament – known as a Parliamentary Constituency.
The Boundary Commission for England has commenced its review of Parliamentary constituencies in England, in accordance with the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986 (as amended by the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011).
The review will take place over two and a half years to ensure that the recommendations made are thorough and take public views into account. Final recommendations must be submitted to the Parliament in September 2018 to allow changes to come into effect at the General Election scheduled for 2020.
More details can be found on their website at: http://boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk/2018-review/
How to have your say
The consultation on initial proposals ran for a 12 week period, from 12 September to 5 December 2016. The final public consultation on revised proposals fruns from 17 October to 11 December 2017.
You can find out further information including Frequently Asked Questions on the Consultation Website at https://boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk/2018-review/
Community Governance Reviews
A Community Governance Review is a legal process whereby Principal Councils can undertake reviews of community governance in their area. This is usually done by way of a review of Town and Parish Councils. The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 allows for a Principal Council to make recommendations on one of more of the following:-
- the creating, aggregating, amalgamating, separation, grouping or abolition of town and parish councils;
- the name and style of a new town or parish council;
- the electoral arrangements of town and parish councils (e.g. number of councillors, wards, election frequency etc.)
Tendring District Council is currently considering whether Community Governance Reviews should be undertaken in relation to Town and Parish Councils within the Tendring District.
At the Council meeting on 21 November 2017, terms of reference were agreed for a review of a small area of land that sits within the St Osyth District Council area but not within the St Osyth Parish area. In addition it was agreed that terms of reference be drawn up to review the number of seats on Harwich Town Council. The formal public consultation on both these reviews will be launched in January 2018.
It was further agreed that no Community Governance Review would be taken forward at this time for the following Town / Parish Councils:- Bradfield, Brightlingsea, Frinton and Walton, Great Bromley, Manningtree, Mistley, Thorrington, Weeley, Wix or the unparished area of Tendring.
Further consideration will be given as to whether a Community Governance Review is undertaken in any other area.