Slough Borough Council carried out a review of community governance arrangements within the borough area - including the parishes and their electoral arrangements, and also other forms of governance not involving parishes.
The aim of the review was to consider and bring about improved community engagement, better local democracy and more effective and convenient delivery of local services, and to ensure electors across the whole borough are treated equitably and fairly.
The review was conducted in accordance with the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 and the council had regard to the Guidance on community governance reviews issued by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and the Local Government Boundary Commission for England. For further information about why the council conducted this review see Background.
During the first stage of the consultation period, which ran from 11 June – 3 August 2018 , the council invited local electors and other interested parties to submit their views on existing arrangements in their local area, together with any proposals for change.
There were three parish councils in Slough when the review began:
Parish councils are the most local tier of local government in England with specific powers and budgets for which they are democratically accountable.
They provide a range of services which vary between one parish council and another but may include community centres, police community support officers, youth clubs, maintenance of public open spaces, children’s play area equipment, community events, environmental projects such as landscaping, tree planting, seats and bins, as well as being consulted on local planning applications.
Parish councils pay for these services by raising precepts from their residents each year.
|Parish||Number of councillors||Electorate 2017||Electorate 5 year forecast to 2022||Precept (Band D) £|
|Colnbrook with Poyle||12||4,228||4,388||49.40|
Submissions, views and comments were made to the council on each of the parish councils during the initial consultation period and notes were taken at the public meetings which took place.
The council considered a report at its meeting on 27 September following the initial consultation period.
A Public Notice has been published announcing the start of public consultation on the council’s recommendations which runs from 1 October until 9 November 2018.
In this stage of the consultation local electors and interested parties including the parish councils have been invited to submit their views on the recommendations for:
Submissions, views and comments were made to the council on each of the parish councils during the second stage consultation period.
The council considered a report at its meeting on 27 November.
The council held an Extraordinary General Meeting on 18 December. You can read a copy of the report.
The Council resolved as follows: final decision on Britwell & Wexham Court Parish Councils.
The council resolved the below.