Local communities have the chance to view illustrative maps showing what potential new parish councils could look like as part of an ongoing Community Governance Review (CGR).
Scroll to the bottom of this story to see both maps and you can also click here to see even more detailed versions.
Swindon Borough Council is currently conducting a CGR following requests from existing parish councils to review their arrangements, and following the success of the transfer of services to parish councils.
The aim of the CGR is to review the parish arrangements of the borough including looking at the boundaries of existing parishes; looking at the creation, merging or abolition of parishes; the naming of parishes and the style of parishes; and the grouping of parishes under a common parish council or the de-grouping of parishes; together with alternatives to parish government.
A council spokesman said: “In mid June, the council’s Cabinet agreed to give local people more power over local services by considering the potential of creating parish councils covering the entire borough.
“The plans to expand local democracy will ensure that community governance is effective and convenient and reflective of the identities and interests of the local communities in the borough. It will also provide residents with more direct control over services such as street cleaning, litter and dog waste bin emptying and grass cutting.”
Cabinet members also agreed to start an engagement process with local communities over the next few weeks in order to address issues raised in the first stage of the Community Governance Review held between December and March.
In order to help residents understand the wider context in which the CGR is taking place a number of public meetings will be taking place in June and July:
Monday 27th June – 7pm Park South Community Centre
Tuesday 28th June – 7pm Lawn Primary School
Wednesday 29th June -7pm Broadgreen Community Centre
Tuesday 5th July – 6pm West Swindon Library
Wednesday 6th July – 7pm Lethbridge School
Monday 11th July – 7pm Liden Library
Monday 18th July – 7pm Pinetrees Community Centre
Wednesday 20th July – 7pm Even Swindon Primary School
Residents and any interested parties can also give their comments by 20 July either online, by letter or at one of our public meetings.
To inform the engagement process, the Council has produced two illustrative maps that reflect proposals received in Stage One of the CGR.
The detailed illustrative maps are available on the Council’s Website as well as further information on the CGR process: www.swindon.gov.uk/parishes
After the engagement period ends on 20 July, any draft recommendations would go before the Council’s Cabinet prior to a consultation in August and September.