Community Governance Review 2018

Slough Borough Council is carrying 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 is 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 will be conducted in accordance with the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 and the council will have 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 is conducting this review see Background.

During the first stage of the consultation period, which runs from 11 June – 3 August 2018 , the council is inviting local electors and other interested parties to submit their views on existing arrangements in their local area, together with any proposals for change.

There are currently three parish councils in Slough:

  • Britwell
  • Colnbrook with Poyle
  • Wexham Court.

Each parish council has a list of duties.

Ward boundaries, including parishes.

All submissions, views and comments will be considered by the council and the council will publish its draft recommendations. It will then consider any further submissions received before making its final decisions.

See the key dates for the 2018 Community Governance Review.

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 population and precepts

Parish Number of councillors Electorate 2017 Electorate 5 year forecast to 2022 Precept (Band D) £
Britwell 7 1,735 1,740 66.10
Colnbrook with Poyle 12 4,228 4,388 49.40
Wexham Court 11 3,531 3,771 36.72

Response to initial consultation

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.

Second stage consultation

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:

Have your say

Please submit your comments on the second stage of the consultation by Friday 9 November. Alternatively you may write to: Community Governance Review Project Officer, Democratic Services, Slough Borough Council, St Martins Place, 51 Bath Road, Slough, SL1 3UF, or email communitygovernancereview@slough.gov.uk  

Please be aware this submission and any other correspondence received will be published.