Electoral Arrangements Committee RECOMMENDS Grouping of Parish Councils

November 22, 2011 by  
Filed under Top, Village News

In a decision yesterday, the Electoral Arrangements Committee RECOMMENDED TO COUNCIL the making of a Grouping Order that would join the Parish Councils of Histon and Impington. It now goes to the full South Cambs District Council to approve the recommendations and make the order. This is likely to occur within the next few weeks.

The complete text of the announcement is as follows:

ELECTORAL ARRANGEMENTS COMMITTEE
MONDAY, 21 NOVEMBER 2011
DECISIONS


Set out below is a summary of the decisions taken at the Electoral Arrangements Committee
held on Monday, 21 November 2011. Decisions made by the Portfolio Holder will be subject
to call-in. Recommendations made to the Cabinet or to the Council are not subject to call-in.
The wording used does not necessarily reflect the actual wording that will appear in the
minutes. If you have any queries about any matters referred to in this decision sheet please contact
Philly Sewell.

1. PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCY BOUNDARIES
The Electoral Arrangements Committee AGREED that a response from the authority be
submitted to the Commission in support of the proposals.

Other Options Considered:

(a) That no authority response is submitted to the Commission

(b) That a response from the authority is submitted to the Commission in support of
the proposals

(c) That a response from the authority be submitted to the Commission objecting to
the proposals. An objection should include a counter proposal.

Reason For Decision:

The Electoral Arrangements Committee will need to review the guidance issued by the Boundary Commission regarding submission of consultation responses. It is clear from the documentation that an objection with a counter proposal will carry more weight than a standalone objection.

2. HISTON AND IMPINGTON: AMENDMENTS TO ELECTORAL ARRANGEMENTS
The Electoral Arrangements Committee RECOMMENDED TO COUNCIL the making of
a Grouping Order.

Other Options Considered:

(a) To recommend the making of a Grouping Order (as requested) in the terms of
the Draft Order attached to this report as Appendix B, or

(b) To recommend the making of a Grouping Order in the terms of the Draft Order
annexed subject to such amendments as the Committee recommends, or

(c) To direct that a full Community Governance Review under the Local Government
and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 be undertaken, to set the remit for
such review including the possible reduction of Councillors from 26 to 19 and to
defer any decision pending the outcome of that Review, or (d) To recommend
that no order is made thus retaining the status quo i.e. two parishes served by
two parish councils.

Reason For Decision:

The Council has a duty to ensure that any order it makes
reflects the identities and interests of the local community in the area and that it is
effective and convenient.

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