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Community Governance Review parish boundary changes

Frequently asked questions

Why has my parish boundary changed?

Barrow upon Trent Parish Council and Stenson Fields Parish Council made a joint request to change their parish boundaries. South Derbyshire District Council agreed to instigate a Community Governance Review at its meeting on 7th April 2016, to consider this request and other community governance matters. 

What is a Community Governance Review?

A Community Governance Review is a legal process, detailed in the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007, whereby the District Council is responsible for reviewing and making any changes to local governance arrangements within the whole or part of its district. 

How has the boundary changed?

Barrow upon Trent Parish Council wished to divest itself of approximately 153.5acres of land in the north-west area in favour of Stenson Fields Parish Council. In addition, Stenson Fields Parish Council wished to incorporate approximately 197.1acres of land in the south-west area that formerly sat in the unparished area of Twyford and Stenson. A map outlining these areas can be found at ???? [website location]  

Was I consulted?

Yes, the Council has a duty under the 2007 Act to consult with the local government electors in the area under review, along with any other interested person or body.

There was an initial consultation on the Terms of Reference document issued in July 2016, the consultation period ending on 4th September 2016. This was followed by a second consultation on the Draft Proposals document issued in November 2016 and ending on 15th January 2017. Copies of these documents were issued to each household within the Barrow upon Trent, Twyford & Stenson and Stenson Fields areas, in addition to being posted on the Councilís website and referred to in press releases. All representations received during the consultation periods were recorded and published.   

Who made the final decisions?

All decisions relating to any Community Governance Reviews are made by Full Council. 

When are these changes effective from?

Although the Reorganisation of Community Governance Order was published in March 2017, the boundary changes do not take effect until 1st April 2017. 

Why is there a Parish precept on my Council Tax bill?

Where, as a result of an alteration to parish boundaries, a property moves from an unparished area (Twyford & Stenson to Stenson Fields) or from one parish to another (Barrow upon Trent to Stenson Fields), this has an impact on the overall level of Council Tax payable by the occupants of that property, as the amount of precept levied by different parish councils varies. The parish precept is additional to the charges levied by Derbyshire County Council, South Derbyshire District Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire and Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority. 

What does the Parish precept pay for?

The precept is a tax charged on each property in the parish to fund the activities the parish council undertakes for the benefit of the local community.

Do the boundary changes affect elections?

Yes. The boundary changes have an impact on the polling district your property falls within and the polling station you use in future may change.