Local Governance Review: What are you views?

Central Bedfordshire Council is holding its first ever Local Governance Review. This includes asking the public what changes they would like to see to the 78 parish areas within Central Bedfordshire.

Cllr Richard Wenham, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Corporate Resources said:

“We hope that people respond to the questionnaire to let us know if they think there should be changes to their parish or town council.

“This will be the first time in a number of years that residents will have had the chance to affect change in the way they are represented on a local level.”

Local Governance Review at Central Bedfordshire Council

What does a parish or town council do?

Parish or town councils are responsible for looking after certain local facilities. This can include:

  • allotments
  • bus shelters
  • parks
  • public seats
  • village or town halls
  • public toilets
  • playgrounds
  • public clocks
  • maintenance of footpaths, cemeteries, village greens and various leisure and recreation facilities

Review looks at parish boundaries

This review is an opportunity to look at parish boundaries. Most boundary areas are set by the geographical location. As the local population has grown, geographical boundaries may not now be the best option.

The Local Governance Review review is an opportunity to change established boundaries. Are historical boundaries still reflecting community needs?

Possible changes could include:

  • boundary change
  • changing the number of councillors in their parish
  • creating a new parish
  • merging parishes or sub-dividing a parish into smaller wards.

“Although it may sound like quite an obscure thing to ask people to consider, it is something that will impact on the many communities within Central Bedfordshire.”

The consultation runs from 1 November 2017 until 1 February 2018.