The meeting scheduled for January 17th was postponed. The venue for the next meeting has had to be changed from Randwick Village Hall and will be held at Cashes Green School at 7.15 pm on Thursday January 24th.
Stroud District Council – Community Governance Review
A review of parish and town councils being carried out by SDC to consider 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.
SDC is carrying out a Community Governance Review is the process used to consider whether existing parish arrangements should be changed in any way. This includes:
- Altering the boundaries of existing parishes;
- Changing the names of existing parishes;
- Creating a new parish or abolishing an existing parish;
- Creating or abolishing parish councils;
- The electoral arrangements for parish councils (including the number of councillors and arrangements for parish warding);
- The grouping or de-grouping or parish councils (and consequential changes to their electoral arrangements);
- The ‘style’ of a parish (enabling an area to be known as a town, community, neighbourhood or village rather than a parish)
Further information on this can be found on Stroud District Council website:
Please respond if you wish.
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/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by coming along to our next meeting which is to be held at Cashes Green School on Thursday 16th August at 7.15pm.
The Annual Audit has been completed. The External Auditor’s Certificate and other papers are published on the “Accounts and Audits” page.
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.
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.
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.