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Parish Council Statement on Community Governance Review  

Posted 2 weeks ago (20/05) by Theresa Goss

 

The Parish Council is aware of the petition submitted to Cherwell District Council from some residents in West Adderbury, requesting a Community Governance Review (CGR).

 

The District Council has informed those residents that they will comply in due course and normally this would be within 12 months (which should be the 6th April 2021) but in the current situation they cannot confirm that timing. As residents will appreciate, all levels of local government are concentrating on currently dealing with the Covid-19 crisis.

 

Cherwell District Council will set the Terms of Reference for the CGR and when the District Council does start the Review, the parish Council will be able to inform residents fully.

 

The Parish Council has been advised that:  "The first stage in the CGR process is for Cherwell District Council to draw up the terms of reference for the review.  These will then be submitted to a meeting of Full Council in mid-May 2020 for approval and this will be when the process commences.  The Terms of Reference will set out the area for the review and be accompanied by a timetable for the review.”

 

It is unfortunate that a minority of West Adderbury residents feel they have been left out in some way from decisions for the village.  The Parish Council has always taken all Adderbury residents’ views into consideration and the west of Adderbury has always been well represented on the Parish Council.  Currently four out of twelve Councillors are from the west of the village and until two councillors chose to step down last year, there were five out of twelve.

 

This development has been supported in two Parish Polls and the Parish Council is confident the development has the support of a majority of the village.

 

Creation of separate Parish Councils for what is a single rural settlement, would inevitably add to costs for the whole Parish and create confusion and difficulty for many issues covering the whole village.

 

Cherwell District Council will be carrying out at least two full consultations which will be for the whole of Adderbury and the Parish Council will keep everyone informed. 

 

Further information can be obtained from Cherwell District Council’s web site.  http://modgov.cherwell.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=114&MId=3466&Ver=4

 

 

May 2020

 

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