Share your views on how your community is governed
21 November 2016Residents in Chester are being invited to share their views on how easy it is to have a say on what happens in their own neighbourhoods.
Cheshire West and Chester Council is carrying out a Community Governance Review to find out what arrangements are in place for residents.
Some communities in west Cheshire are represented by town or parish councils while others are represented by different forms of community governance arrangements like community meetings, neighbourhood management, tenant management organisations, resident and tenant associations and community associations.
Areas not represented by town or parish councils are referred to as unparished areas.
Since April 2011, the Council has reviewed areas that were already represented by town and parish councils and, as a result, some changes to parish boundaries and parish council arrangements have been made.
The Council is now embarking on two separate community governance reviews of the unparished areas of Chester and Ellesmere Port.
In Chester this includes the wards Blacon, Boughton, Chester City, Garden Quarter, Handbridge Park, Hoole, Lache and Newton.
In Ellesmere Port this includes the wards Rossmore, Ellesmere Port Town, Whitby, Strawberry, Sutton, Grange, Netherpool, St Pauls and Ledsham and Manor.
Councillor David Armstrong, Cabinet Member for Legal and Finance, said: “It is vital that all residents are able to have a say in what happens in their neighbourhoods and we need to make sure that arrangements are in place for this to happen.
“I would urge residents who live in or have a connection to these areas to take part in the consultations so that we can find out how satisfied people are with arrangements in their area and what improvements could be made.”
To participate in the consultation, or for more information, visit: www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/communitygovernance.
Online questionnaires are at: www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/CommunityGovernanceChester or: www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/CommunityGovernanceEllesmerePort.
For a hard copy of the questionnaire email: Democraticserviceswest@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk