A Community Governance Review is currently underway looking at a proposal to increase the size of Okehampton Hamlets by two additional Parish Councillors. This has been suggested as a method of more accurately representing the number of residents now living in the parish area.
At a meeting in May, West Devon Borough Council resolved to begin the Community Governance Review and is now seeking the views of those residents who would be directly affected by any change.
They would now like to open up debate to this wider group of residents and as such, this phase of the consultation is now open and runs until 5.00pm on Tuesday 21 November 2017.
To have your say and make comment on the proposals please email: Member.Services@swdevon.gov.uk
A Community Governance Review provides the opportunity for councils to review and make changes to community governance arrangements within their areas, to reflect strong, clearly defined boundaries. Such a Review can be helpful where there have been changes in population, or in reaction to specific or local new issues.
In light of the Council decision made on 23 May 2017, the main purpose of this Review will be to consult on a proposal to increase the size of the Okehampton Hamlets Parish Council by two additional parish councillors.
The government has emphasised that recommendations made in a Review ought to bring about 'improved community engagement, more cohesive communities, better local democracy and result in a more effective and convenient delivery of local services.'
As the principal authority, West Devon Borough Council is responsible for undertaking any such Review within its electoral area. The body responsible for overseeing this process is the Full Council, who will be responsible for producing draft and final recommendations. The Council will approve the final recommendations before a Community Governance Order is made.
Or write to:
Community Governance Review
West Devon Borough Council