Community Governance Review

A community governance review is our opportunity to look at the most local tier of government in the district. This means we will examine whether changes should be made to the current parish council arrangements and what should happen in the areas not covered by a parish or town council.

The aim of the review is to test whether we need to improve engagement with the community, change how local democracy works and alter the way local services are delivered. Some services to the district are delivered by Kent County Council, other are delivered by Canterbury City Council and, in some parts of the district, some services are delivered by parish or town councils.

While parish and town councils have different names, they are responsible for the same sort of functions. These mainly cover the rural areas. Large parts of Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable are not covered by a town or parish council.

The community governance review could consider questions such as:

  • Is there anything that could be done to deliver local services in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay in a more effective and convenient way?

  • Should an area without a parish council have a parish or town council created?

  • Should the number of parish councillors on an existing parish council be changed?

  • Should a parish council boundary be altered to better reflect the community?

Have your say

We are now in the first stage of formal consultation, aimed at testing opinion on the different options. This is also an opportunity to put forward alternative options for consideration. The consultation started on 31 July 2017 and will end on 8 October 2017. There are a number of different ways to have your say:

Next steps 

Below is an indicative timetable:

Early engagement 12 June to 14 July 2017
Council approves the Terms of Reference and consultation plan 13 July 2017
Initial submission from stakeholders and residents July to early October 2017
The timetable beyond this point is indicative only and is subject to change depending on the outcome of the submission stage of consultation.
Consideration of submissions and the preparation of the draft recommendations. October to December 2017
Council approves the draft recommendations 4 January 2018 (or special Full Council meeting)
The draft recommendations are published and consulted upon January to March 2018
Consideration of responses to consultation and preparation of final recommendations April to June 2018
Council approves the final recommendations Mid-July 2018
Council resolves to make a reorganisation order if appropriate By autumn 2018
New arrangements implemented May 2019

Find out more about the possible options, read our frequently asked questions and see review updates

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