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Views sought on draft proposals to change parish boundaries in Whittlesey

Residents are being urged to have their say on possible changes to parish boundaries in Whittlesey, as the second phase of a public consultation gets underway.

Draft proposals to change existing parish ward boundaries have been drawn up as part of a Community Governance Review (CGR), a process which considers whether parish boundaries should be changed to better reflect the changing population/geographical identity of each area both now and in the future.

Fenland District Council is undertaking the review following a request from Whittlesey Town Council. Its overall aim is to strengthen local democracy and encourage more community engagement.

It has to consider the impact that any new arrangements would have on their communities, as well as the number of councillors needed to serve each of the affected parishes.

The first phase of public consultation ended in January, with feedback being used to draft the initial CGR proposals. The second phase has now been launched after Fenland councillors approved the proposals for consultation at a full Council meeting on Thursday, February 22.

The proposals are to:

·  Amalgamate the parish wards of Bassenhally, Elm and Delph into one parish ward entitled Bassenhally parish ward represented by four Town Councillors.

·  Amalgamate St Andrews parish ward with St Mary's North parish ward and rename the resulting parish ward St Marys North and St Andrews parish ward represented by 2 Town Councillors.

·  Change the level of local representation in Stonald parish ward to two Town Councillors to facilitate greater levels of electoral equality across the wider area.

The consultation ends on April 6, with final proposals being considered by full Council at its meeting in May.

Any changes to boundaries would need to be approved by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.  The new arrangements would come into force at the next all-out Town Council elections in May 2019.

Further details on the review can be found at

Anyone wishing to have their say on potential future arrangements under the review can either submit written comments to Electoral Services at Fenland District Council or e-mail them to

Councillor Anne Hay, the Council's Cabinet member responsible for Corporate Governance, said: "Parish councils are the most local form of government. They are the voice of the local community, working with other tiers of government and external organisations to improve the quality of life in the area.

Article added: February 27, 2018