Community Governance Review – Windlesham Village

Why is Surrey Heath Borough Council Conducting a Review?

We are conducting a review because we have received a valid petition requesting a Community Governance Review for Windlesham village. The petitioners have requested the action set out in Option 1 below. 
 

What can the Community Governance Review change? 

A Community Governance Review can make a number of changes to parish governance when there is clear evidence to do so:
 
It can make changes to parish areas – including:
  • changes to boundaries between parishes
  • mergers of two or more parishes or even
  • creating a new parish out of part of one or more existing parishes

It can make changes to electoral arrangements within parish areas – including:

  • changes to the number of parish councillors
  • introducing or changing parish warding arrangements

It can accommodate changing the name of a parish

It can accommodate the grouping together of parishes under a common parish council.

Consultation Process

Stage 1 Consultation
 
More information about the outcomes of the stage one consultation can be found at https://surreyheath.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s17693/13.%20CGR.pdf
 
Stage 2 Consultation:
 
Following the meeting of Full Council on 26th February 2020, a consultative group made up of representatives from the Borough Council, Parish Council, the Petitioners and Community groups met to try and identify a way forward.  Information about the outcomes of this meeting can be found at https://surreyheath.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s19038/10.%20CGR.pdf
 
During August, residents of the Windlesham Parish Council area (i.e. Bagshot, Lightwater and Windlesham) will be sent letters seeking views on the following recommendations:
 
1. A new parish ward co-terminus to the current KC polling district is created and named Windlesham (North) ward of Windlesham Parish Council. This ward will mainly cover the Snows Ride estate in Windlesham. 
2. A new parish ward co-terminus with the KA and KB polling districts is created and named Bagshot Ward of Windlesham Parish Council. This ward will cover Bagshot village. 
3. The Windlesham ward of Windlesham Parish Council is renamed Windlesham (South) ward of Windlesham Parish Council 
4. Windlesham Parish Council is renamed to better reflect its geographical boundaries.
 
The Terms of Reference for the Community Governance Review, which provide further details on each of the options proposed, can be reviewed here.
 
 
If you wish to submit a representation on the Community Governance Review, please write to the address below or email vote@surreyheath.gov.uk   Any feedback should be submitted to the Borough Council by 8 September 2020 at the latest.
 
Democratic Services, Surrey Heath Borough Council
Surrey Heath House
Knoll Road
Camberley 
GU15 3HD

Community Governance Review – Revised Timetable

Stage 1

1

Report to full Council

 

24 July 2019

 

Council determines terms of reference of community governance review

2

Publish terms of reference

 

5 August 2019

 

Council publishes terms of reference and notifies stakeholders of the commencement of the review.

3

Initial consultation period on the options set out in the terms of reference

 

5 August 2019 to 28 October 2019 (12 weeks)

 

 

Consultation letters to:

  • every household in Windlesham parish
  • Surrey County Council
  • Borough and County Councillors in the affected area
  • Windlesham Parish Council
  • Borough councillors representing those parishes
  • Local residents’ and amenity groups operating within those parishes
  • Local businesses operating within those parishes

4

Consider responses to initial consultation

 

29 October 2019 31 December 2019

 

Consider submissions and

prepare draft recommendations

for report to Council

5

Report to full Council

26 February 2020

Council to receive details of outcome of initial consultation and consider draft recommendations

6

Publish draft

recommendations

 

9 March 2020

Council publishes draft recommendations for further consultation.

 

Stage 2

7

 

Initial Working Group Meeting

 

 

18th March 2020

 

8

Council Meeting

22 July 2020

 

9

Consultation Starts

w/c 3  August 2020

First week of August

10

Consultation Period Finishes

1 September 2020

4 week period

11

Consider responses to further consultation

2 September – 30 September 2020

Consider further submissions and prepare final recommendations for report to Council

12

Report to full Council

14 October 2020

Council to receive details of outcome of further consultation and consider final recommendations

13

Publish final recommendations

19 October 2020

Publish final recommendations

 

14

Final recommendations submitted to the LGBCE for consultation

w/c 19 October 2020

LGBCE to confirm if it agrees to the changes to the protected electoral arrangements.