Below is a letter we all received regarding a review of URPC and expanding the council up to 11 councillors, with possibility of dividing the village into wards.
Our ref: NA/CGR2018
Contact: Nigel Adams
Direct Dial: 012285 623202
17th July 2018
Community Governance Review – Upper Rissington Parish Council Proposed Increase in Councillor Numbers and Possible Introduction of Warding Arrangements
A request has been received from URPC from a Community Governance Review (CGR) to be taken by Cotswold District Council (CDC) in relation to the current electoral arrangements for the parish; with a view to increasing the overall number of councillors on the Parish Council and, possibly, the introduction of parish wards.
The following rationale has been provided by the Parish Council in support of an increase in numbers:-
• The size of the village has increased substantially over the last 4 years as a result of the development of Victory Fields; and the ‘scale’ adopted by District Council would allow for a larger number of councillors based on the size of the electorate.
• An increase in the Council size will permit the Council to reflect a wider cross section of the Parish – promoting better community cohesion.
• A larger number of councillors will allow the greater workload to be shared more easily, reducing the burden on a small group of councillors.
• A larger pool of councillors will facilitate the creation of committees (e.g. Finance, Staffing and Planning), which will lead to more effective management of the Council.
• The request reflects the request of a large number of electors, actively supported by the County Councillor, for the review.
The advisory ‘scale’ referred to above can be seen in the attached information sheet. At present Upper Rissington Parish Council is represented by seven councillors. However, a body of eleven councillors could be appropriately based on its current (and growing) electorate.
The creation of wards is seen as a mechanism to ensure representation from distinct community areas within the parish (although the legislation cannot actually guarantee this – see Information Sheet).
It is important for local residents and others to submit their comments on the proposals, and for those comments to have regard to the statutory criteria and other considerations that CDC must take into account when reaching the final Review outcome, and avoid issues/arguments that do not carry weight – the attached Information Sheet will hopefully help in this regard; and further information relating to the review can be found on the website – www.cotswold.gov.uk.
A Consultation Comments Form is also attached (do not have a copy). You can use this form to submit your views, or you can write to me or e-mail me (Nigel Adams). The closing date for the submission of representations is 20th September 2018.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions on this issue.
Electoral Registration Officer
Cotswold District Council