Share your views on the future of your community
6 October 2017Residents in Chester and Ellesmere Port are invited to comment on proposals about how their communities can have their say.
The proposals follow consultation exercises run by Cheshire West and Chester Council earlier this year as part of Community Governance Reviews.
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.
The Council’s Community Governance Reviews are taking place in unparished areas of Chester and Ellesmere Port to find out what governance arrangements are in place and how people feel about them.
In Chester the review includes Blacon, Boughton, Chester City, Garden Quarter, Handbridge Park, Hoole, Lache and Newton.
In Ellesmere Port it includes Ellesmere Port Town, Grange, Ledsham and Manor, Little Neston and Burton (part), Netherpool, Rossmore, St Paul’s, Strawberry, Sutton, Whitby and Willaston and Thornton
The Council reviewed the comments it received in the consultations and has made recommendations that the community governance arrangements remain unchanged and no new parishes or parish councils should be formed.
The Council recommends that the Chester and Ellesmere Port Locality Teams and District Advisory Panels for Chester and Ellesmere Port explore ways of strengthening current arrangements with existing community groups. It also recommends that there is greater publicity about and communication with existing community groups and better promotion of the District Advisory Panels for local engagement.
Councillor Paul Donovan, Cabinet Member for Democracy and Workforce, said: “It is important that all residents are able to have a say in what happens in their neighbourhoods and that they are happy with the arrangements in place to do that.
“I would appeal to residents in these areas to take a look at the proposals and let us know what they think.”