Community governance review

Community governance in Slough

During 2013 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 that electors across the whole borough are treated equitably and fairly.

The review was being 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 consultation period which ran from 1 February to 31 May 2013, 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 are currently three parish councils in Slough:

  • Britwell
  • Colnbrook with Poyle
  • Wexham Court.

Submissions, views and comments were made to the council on each of the parish councils during the initial consultation period and notes were taken of the meetings which took place:

The council, at its meeting on 23 July, considered a report following the initial consultation period. A copy of the report can be accessed here.

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 2013 Electorate 5 year forecast Precept (Band D) £ 2013-14 budget £
Britwell 13 3,911 4,000 66.10 119,600
Colnbrook with Poyle 13 4,157 4,314 47.70 93,450
Wexham Court 11 3,670 3,737 36.72 55,000

Each parish council has a list of duties.

A Public Notice was published announcing the start of public consultation on the council’s recommendations which ran from 9 August until 14 October 2013. In this final stage of the consultation local electors and interested parties including the parish councils were invited to submit their views on the recommendations for:

Submissions, views and comments made to the council on the recommendations for each of the parish councils are set out below:

The council, at its meeting on 26 November, considered a report following consultation on its recommendations. A copy of the report can be accessed here.

The council's final recommendations on the Review can be accessed here along with a map of the proposed Britwell parish.