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Stroud District Council – Community Governance Review – February 2019

The Draft Recommendations for the Community Governance Review of the Stroud District have been published today February 18th 2019.  All information, including a summary and the submissions received can be found on the SDC website at –
The consultation period ends on the 6 May 2019 and SDC is encouraging residents to respond to the review.
The review considered whether existing parish arrangements should be changed in any way, including

altering the boundaries of existing parishes;

changing the names of existing parishes;

creating a new parish or abolishing an existing parish;

altering the electoral arrangements for parish councils (including the number 
of Councillors and arrangements for parish warding);

the grouping or de-grouping of parish councils (and consequential 
changes to their electoral arrangements.

Randwick and Westrip Parish Council’s submission was to inform SDC that it preferred to retain the current arrangement of the Parish into two wards, but that if that was not acceptable Randwick and Westrip Parish Council would support the division of the Parish into three wards with the ratios of electors to councillors accepted by The Local Government Boundary Commission in 2015.  (See the information about the LGBCE review below).

There are currently 4 councillors for Randwick Ward and 5 councillors for Lower Westrip Ward.

The review proposal is for Randwick and Westrip Parish to be divided into 3 wards –

Randwick Ward – 4 Councillors
Randwick South East Ward – 2 Councillors
Randwick South West Ward – 3 Councillors

The review recommendations are explained in full in the documents on the SDC website, including the reasons why Randwick and Westrip needs to change from two wards to three. There is a map showing the new ward boundaries at –

https://www.stroud.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/elections/community-governance-review

Next elections are in 2020.

The Carpenters Arms

At the October meeting representatives from Plainview Planning and the owners of The Carpenters’ Arms spoke about the future of the pub. The owners asked for parishioners’ views and have produced a questionnaire for your feedback which is available at http://plainview.co.uk/carpentersarms/

 

Environmental Plan for the Parish

In order to help preserve Randwick & Westrip for the future the Parish Council is going to create an environmental plan of the parish. This is to include sites of special interest of varying types, both natural and manmade. Examples could include buildings of note, areas where there are valued wild plants or insects, or areas created by community projects etc.

If you are aware of anything which you believe should be included please contact us either by emailing me at cllr.debbi.smith@randwickandwestrip-pc.gov.uk or by coming along to our next meeting which is to be held at Cashes Green School on Thursday 16th August at 7.15pm.

Annual audit

The Annual Audit has been completed. The External Auditor’s Certificate and other papers are published on the “Accounts and Audits” page.

 

Casual Vacancy for a member of the Parish Council

There were three volunteers for consideration for co-option to the Council, who attended the February meeting and spoke briefly to the Council.

 

The Council voted and Alexander Egan was co-opted to serve as a councillor until the end of the current council’s term in 2020.

Revised Parish Electoral Arrangements

The Local Government Boundary Commission Review has been completed

Parish Council submission finally accepted

In 2014 The Local Government Boundary Commission started a review of electoral wards in Stroud District. Among the proposals was a change to the wards for Randwick Parish.

Randwick was then divided into two wards for parish council elections, Randwick (Randwick Ward) returning 4 councillors, each representing about 120 electors and Cainscross (Lower Westrip Ward) returning 5 councillors, each representing about 140 electors.

The Commission’s aims were to provide “good electoral equality, with each councillor representing, as closely as possible, the same number of voters” and proposed three wards for Randwick – Randwick returning 7 members , Randwick South East – 1 member and Randwick South West – 1 member.

The Parish Council looked closely at the numbers of electors in the proposed areas of the Parish and pointed out that this would mean that the 7 councillors for Randwick would each represent 74 electors, 1 councillor for Randwick South East would represent 405 electors, and 1 councillor for Randwick South West would represent 268 electors.

The Parish Council submitted an alternative of Randwick returning 4 members, Randwick South West 3 members and Randwick South East 2 members, which would mean that each of the nine councilors would represent about 130 electors – a fair distribution.

In July the Commission dismissed this as “unpersuasive”. Since the Parish Council’s proposals were clearly fairer the Council continued to lobby the Commission, which finally agreed to alter its proposals.
For elections from May 2016, Randwick and Westrip Parish will be re-arranged into three wards as above but with the fairer number of councillors in each ward suggested by the Parish Council – four for Randwick and five for Westrip.

Planning – Pre-application community involvement protocol

Randwick Parish Council, working with Stroud District Council, has adopted this protocol to help developers to consult with the local community.

The aim of this Protocol is to enable open, agreed and well-­structured working between communities, applicants/developers, local authorities and elected members in advance of planning applications, helping to deliver better quality development for all.

 

application_pdfPDF SDC pre-application community involvement protocol

application_pdfPDF Addendum for Randwick Parish