Background
Background

Agenda and minutes

Electoral Review Working Party
Wednesday, 1st March, 2017 10.00 am

Venue: Bainbridge Room - Copeland Centre, Catherine Street, Whitehaven. View directions

Contact: Clive Willoughby  Tel: 01946 598328

Items
No. Item

ER19

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Jackie Bowman, John Bowman, David Moore and Gillian Troughton.

ER20

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

There were no Declarations of Interests made.

ER21

Minutes of the Meeting held on 16 December 2016 pdf icon PDF 79 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED - That the minutes of the meeting held on 16 December 2016 be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

 

ER22

Community Governance Review - Beckermet with Thornhill pdf icon PDF 53 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members received an update on the first stage of the Community Governance Review of Beckermet with Thornhill Parish from the Community Governance Projects Officer.

 

A consultation on the Beckermet with Thornhill review ran for seven weeks to

6 February 2017 during which time details were placed on the Copeland Borough Council’s website, an article was published in the Whitehaven News and letter/email consultation held with Beckermet with Thornhill Parish and Cumbria County Councillors.

 

No responses to the consultation were received.

 

Following discussion, it was

 

RESOLVED – that

a)     It be noted that there were no responses to the Beckermet with Thornhill review consultation,

b)     The initial proposals as set out in para 4 of the agenda report be confirmed as the final proposals for publication,

c)     The draft Community Reorganisation Order be forwarded to the 21 March 2017 meeting of Council for approval.

 

ER23

Community Governance Review - Parton pdf icon PDF 52 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members received an update on the first stage of the Community Governance Review of Parton Parish from the Community Governance Projects Officer.

 

A consultation on the Parton review ran for seven weeks to 6 February 2017 during which time details were placed on the Copeland Borough Council’s website, an article was published in the Whitehaven News and letter/email consultation held with Parton Parish and Cumbria County Councillors.

 

No responses to the consultation were received.

 

Following discussion, it was

 

RESOLVED – that

a)     It be noted that there were no responses to the Parton review consultation,

b)     The initial proposals as set out in para 4 of the agenda report be confirmed as the final proposals for publication,

c)     The draft Community Reorganisation Order be forwarded to the 21 March 2017 meeting of Council for approval.

 

ER24

Community Governance Review - Seascale pdf icon PDF 55 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members received an update on the first stage of the Community Governance Review of Seascale Parish from the Community Governance Projects Officer.

 

A consultation on the Seascale review ran for seven weeks to 6 February 2017 during which time details were placed on the Copeland Borough Council’s website, an article was published in the Whitehaven News and letter/email consultation held with Seascale Parish and Cumbria County Councillors.

 

Members were advised that two responses to the consultation had been received (shown in Appendix A and B of the report) and each response was then fully considered by the Working Party.

 

Appendix A

The Working Party felt the content of this response was directed at the current Parish Council and did not offer any meaningful or valid arguments to the consultation.

Members were satisfied that the consultation had been adequate.

It was suggested that a copy of the response be forwarded to Seascale Parish Council for their attention.

In light of this response, Members did not consider it necessary to make any amendment to the proposal.

 

Appendix B

The Working Party felt the content of this response from Mr R Sharman, was his view of the current Parish Council and did not offer any meaningful or valid arguments to the consultation.

Members were satisfied that the consultation had been adequate.

In light of this response, Members did not consider it necessary to make any amendment to the proposal.

 

Further discussion followed including whether a figure should be set for a ‘quorum’. Members were advised that this was a decision for the Parish Council and not for this Working Party.

 

The Working Party was advised that, if agreed, the proposals for Beckermet with Thornhill, Parton and Seascale Parish Councils will be published on the Copeland Borough Council website, which will be within the prescribed timescales.

 

RESOLVED – that

a)     It be noted that there were two responses to the Seascale review consultation,

b)     The response shown in Appendix A be forwarded to Seascale Parish Council for their attention,

c)     The initial proposals as set out in para 4 of the agenda report be confirmed as the final proposals for publication,

d)     The draft Community Reorganisation Order be forwarded to the 21 March 2017 meeting of Council for approval.

ER25

Date and Time of Next Meeting

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Electoral Review Working Party will be held on Monday 20 March 2017 at 10.00pm in the Bainbridge Room, The Copeland Centre.

 

 

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