Community Governance Review - Terms of Reference


Community Governance Review - Terms of Reference

These are the Terms of Reference for the Community Governance Review agreed by full Council on 26 September 2016.

Rother District Council

Community Governance Review - Terms of Reference

A community governance review will be carried out by Rother District Council under the provisions of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 ("the 2007 Act"). The review shall comply with the legislative requirements, have regard for the associated statutory guidance and will be conducted in accordance with these terms of reference.

The review shall be of the community governance arrangement for Bexhill-on-Sea, encompassing all nine District Electoral Wards within the local authority area of Rother District Council.

This will include consideration of the proposals put forward in the community governance petition for an Area Committee for Bexhill.

It shall have particular regard for the need to secure that community governance within the area under review:

  • reflects the identities and interests of the communities in that area; and

  • is effective and convenient

When carrying out the Community Governance Review, the District Council must also take into account other existing or potential community governance arrangements.

Following the review the Community Governance Review Steering Group shall make recommendations as to:

  • whether or not to establish an Area Committee for Bexhill-on-Sea;

  • whether or not to establish any new parishes within Bexhill-on-Sea, the name of any new parishes and the styling (i.e. parish, community, neighbourhood or village) of any new parish;

  • whether or not any new parish should have a parish / town council (subject to the particular restrictions on recommendations in this area set out in Section 94 of the 2007 Act) and the electoral arrangements of any new parish council - including the ordinary year of election, warding and number of councillors;

  • any other recommendations for alternative forms of governance for Bexhill-on-Sea that may emerge from the review.

The review shall invite and take account of submissions from all interested parties.


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