Community Governance Review for Pendle 2021 to 2022

Parish and Town Councils play a vital role in engaging with local people and helping to shape their communities.

Pendle has 5 town councils, 13 parish councils and 1 parish meeting

We are currently reviewing our Community Governance arrangements. This gives us an opportunity to look at and make changes to governance arrangements at parish level. It also makes sure they reflect the identity and interest of local communities and that they are working effectively.

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 
  • 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 change the name of a parish
  • It can group together a number of parishes under a common parish council

Why are we doing a review?

  • In 2019, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England review of Pendle Council’s electoral arrangements decided there will be 12 Borough electoral wards from May 2021. As part of that review, changes to wards of some parishes were introduced by the Commission. It makes sense to take the opportunity to review these and the wider governance arrangements in those parishes.
  • It is some years since a full review of community governance in Pendle has taken place.
  • The role of parish and town councils has developed significantly in recent years. Many have taken on services and facilities from Pendle Council. A review is an opportunity to ensure effective community governance is in place, so that parish and town councils can make full use of their powers and responsibilities.

We have a legal duty to ensure that community governance arrangements are:

  • Reflective of the identities and interests of the community in the area
  • Effective and convenient (this relates to the ability of parishes to provide services for its residents).

Any proposed changes will need to be considered in that light.

How does the Community Governance Review work?

Town and parish councils, local residents, groups and organisations, have been asked to give us their suggestions for any changes (including no change) they would like to see considered in the review.

A Working Group of Pendle councillors considered them, and will now put forward a set of draft recommendations for public consultation as appropriate.

The Working Group will then consider the detailed results of the public consultation and make final recommendations to a meeting of Pendle Council. Following the decisions of the Council we will make the necessary legal Order and take the other steps required to implement them.

Timetable for the Review

Stage

 

Action

Dates

Commencement of Review

Give public notice and notify parish and town councils

February – April 2021

Terms of Reference

Publish Terms of Reference for the review in the light of initial representations received

May 2021

Draft recommendations

Publish draft recommendations and seek comments through public consultation

June – August 2021

Final recommendations

Final recommendations submitted to Council for final decision

October 2021

Next steps

Legal Order made for changes agreed by Council and other necessary steps taken

November 2021 onwards

Community Governance Review update - September 2021

A Working Group of Borough Councillors considered the suggestions received and decided that the Review should comprise the following:

  • The abolition of the Bracewell and Brogden parish and amendment of the boundary of the Barnoldswick parish to incorporate it
  • The amendment of the boundary between Barnoldswick and Salterforth parishes so that the whole of Dales View Park is within the Salterforth parish. This would also involve altering the boundary between the Borough wards of Barnoldswick and Earby and Coates
  • An increase in the number of councillors on Roughlee Booth Parish council from seven to nine
  • A parish boundary amendment in the area of Rainhall Crescent, Barnoldswick to align the Barnoldswick Town Council wards with the boundary between Barnoldswick and Earby and Coates Borough wards
  • A review of the Brierfield Town Council wards with a view to reducing them from five to three

We will now consult all the residents and town and parish councils that are affected by the proposed changes. All representations received will be considered before final decisions are made. 

Community Governance Review – consultation on reduction of Brierfield Town Council wards

Part of the proposal for the Governance Review, is the reduction of wards for Brierfield Town Council from five to three. The total number of town councillors would remain at 13. The Town Council thinks this will reduce confusion for electors.

The current wards are Central, East, North, South and West. The Town Council’s proposal is:

  • to combine the existing East and North wards into a new ward to be called East with 5 councillors
  • to combine  the existing South and Central wards into a new ward to be called South with 5 councillors
  • to keep the existing West ward as it is at present with 3 councillors

Current Brierfield Town Council wards

Ward Polling District Councillors
Central FC 2
East EB 2
North EA 3
South EC 3
West FA 3

Proposed Brierfield Town Council wards

Parish Ward Polling District Borough Ward County Electoral Division Councillors Electorate (Dec 2020) Electors per Councillor
East

EA

EB

Brierfield East and Clover Hill

Brierfield East and Clover Hill

Brierfield and Nelson West

Pendle Hill

5 2487 497
South

EC

FC

Brierfield East and Clover Hill

Brierfield West and Reedley

Pendle Hill

Brierfield and Nelson West

5 2682 536
West FA Brierfield West and Reedley Brierfield and Nelson West 3 1383 461

Comments on the proposal should be submitted by Monday 1 November to andrea.mullin@pendle.gov.uk. If you need any more information, contact andrea.mullin@pendle.gov.uk