Consultation over Parish boundary changes and Town Council numbers after backing by Tendring District Council

Wednesday, 16 May, 2018

The public are invited to have their say on proposals to change the boundary of St Osyth, and on the size of Harwich Town Council.

The Town Council had requested it had an extra councillor, taking it to 17, to even out the number of councillors per ward. However, after 76% of respondents to a public consultation were opposed to the change, a Community Governance Review has recommended that it stays at 16 members.

A Community Governance Review was also held into proposed changes of St Osyth Parish Council’s boundary, to align it with changes to the district council ward boundaries made after Tendring District Council (TDC) agreed to drop from 60 councillors to 48 at the May 2019 elections.

In all 62% of those who took part in that consultation backed the change, which has now been recommended for approval.

TDC backed the draft recommendations during a full Council meeting last night, and the two recommendations – no change to the size of Harwich Town Council, and lining up the St Osyth boundaries – will now go out for a second public consultation.

People have until June 15, 2018, to have their say. Comments should be sent by email to kneath@tendringdc.gov.uk or by post to Karen Neath, Tendring District Council, Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton, CO15 1SE.

A working group will then consider the consultation responses before full Council considers and votes on them in July.

The changes would come into effect next year.

Last updated on: 16/05/2018 - 09:22