Public meetings to be held as review of parish and town councils continues

A series of 10 public meetings will be held across Cornwall in September and October as the first review of parish and town councils across Cornwall since the 1970s continues.

In April Parish Councils and residents were first asked to submit their thoughts by mid July on any changes they would like to see in their parish or reasons why they did not want change in their area.

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Cornwall Council received over 200 responses, many of them with detailed proposals for change. Later in the year the Council will draw up its own  recommendations on what should happen but first people are being given a chance to comment on the proposals that were submitted.

The Community Governance Review is conducted by Cornwall Council and overseen by the Council’s Electoral Review Panel. A Community Governance Review can:

  • Make changes to parish areas – changes to boundaries between parishes, create new parishes or merge existing parishes.
  • Change the number of parish councillors on a particular council, and introduce or change the parish wards within a council.
  • Change the name of a parish council

The panel’s chairman, Councillor Malcolm Brown, said:  “These public meetings will allow us to really start testing public opinion on the issues and ideass raised during the review so far.  

“Many of the proposals are highly controversial. Some town councils want to expand their boundaries into surrounding rural parishes. Elsewhere there are some places where it is being argued that an exiting parish should be divided so that different communities have their own council.”

“The main objective of the review is to ensure that community governance arrangements work effectively in futurefor the benefit of all at the parish level - and we want to ensure we get it right."

Once the meetings are concluded, the Council will consider all the opinions it has received. At the end of this year it will publish its draft recommendations for the future and undertake a 12 week public consultation. Final decisions should be made in June 2020.

This timeline is intended to ensure the agreed changes can be implemented in good time so they can take effect at the 2021 local council elections.

Details of the meetings are in the table below. All meetings will have a 6.30 for 7pm start time and will aim to finish by 9.30pm.

Date

Area of focus

Venue

Wednesday 11 September

Bude area - Parishes being focused on: Bude-Stratton, Launcells, Marhamchurch, Kilkhampton, Poundstock – in Bude Community Network Area

The Parkhouse Centre (Ivor Potter Hall)
Ergue-Gaberic Way
Bude
EX23 8LD

Monday 16 September

Penzance area - Parishes being focused on: Penzance, Madron, Ludgvan, Marazion, St Hilary – in West Penwith Community Network Area; Gwinear-Gwithian, St Erth, Towednack – in Hayle and St Ives Community Network Area

St John’s Hall
Alverton Street
Penzance
TR18 2QW

Tuesday 17 September 

Falmouth area – Parishes being focused on: Falmouth, Budock, Penryn, Mabe, St Gluvias, Mylor, Perranarworthal – in Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Area

Falmouth Town Council
The Old Post Office
The Moor
Falmouth
TR11 3QA

Friday 20 September

 

Newquay area – Parishes being focused on: Newquay, Colan – in Newquay and St Columb Community Network Area; Crantock, Cubert, St Newlyn East – in St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Area; St Enoder – in China Clay Community Network Area

Crantock Village Hall
Halwyn Road
Crantock
Newquay
TR8 5RX

Monday 23 September 

Liskeard area – Parishes being focused on: Liskeard, Menheniot, Dobwalls and Trewidland, St Keyne – in Liskeard and Looe Community Network Area

Liskeard Town Council Offices
3/5 West Street
Liskeard
PL14 6BW

Thursday 26 September

St Austell area – Parishes being focused on: St Austell, Pentewan Valley, St Austell Bay, Carlyon, St Mewan, St Ewe – in St Austell and Mevagissey Community Network Area; Treverbyn – in China Clay Community Network Area

St Austell Information Service
Council Suite
39 Penwinnick Road
St Austell
PL25 5DR

Friday 27 September

 

Launceston area – Parishes being focused on: Launceston, South Petherwin, St Stephens by Launceston Rural, St Thomas the Apostle Rural – in Launceston Community Network Area; Davidstow and Treneglos – in Camelford Community Network Area

Tregadillett Community Centre
Tregadillett
Launceston
PL15 7EU

Monday 30 September

 

Truro/St Agnes area – Parishes being focused on: Truro, Kenwyn, St Clement, Chacewater – in Truro and Roseland Community Network Area; St Agnes – in St Agnes and Perranporth Community Network Area

Council Chamber
New County Hall
Treyew Road
Truro
TR1 3AY

Tuesday 1 October

 

Helston/Camborne/Redruth area – Parishes being focused on Camborne, Carn Brea, Redruth, Lanner – in Camborne Pool Illogan and Redruth Community Network Area; Helston and Wendron – in Helston and South Kerrier Community Network Area

Heartlands
Dudnance Lane
Pool
Redruth
TR15 3QY

Wednesday 2 October

Wadebridge/Padstow area - Parishes being focused on: Wadebridge, Egloshayle, St Breock, Padstow, St Minver Highlands, St Minver Lowlands – in Wadebridge and Padstow Community Network Area; St Teath Parish – in Camelford Community Network Area 

Shuttleworth Memorial Hall
Egloshayle
Wadebridge
PL27 6HW

 

Further details about these meetings can be found on our Community Governance Review web page.

If you have any queries about this review, please e-mail CGRs@cornwall.gov.uk