Stoke Lodge Community Governance Review

The council is carrying out a review of the way decisions are made on local issues in your area, and wants to hear your views.

This process, called a “community governance review” will look at whether you would like a Parish Council created to represent the interests of Stoke Lodge and The Common.

Why are we carrying out the review?

We recently received a petition from some residents of Stoke Lodge (marked as BCC on the map) asking for a new parish council to be set up in their area.

The petition requested:

“We the undersigned residents wish to remove Stoke Lodge and Patchway Common from the Town and Parish of Patchway and allow us to form our own new Parish of Stoke Lodge and The Common. We are situated on the East Side of the A38 which is a major 40mph dual carriageway, whilst the main part of Patchway sits on the west side of the A38.”

This means that we must look at the arrangements in this area. You are advised that we are not obliged to adopt the recommendations made in the petition and may reach different conclusions to those put forward by the petitioners.

Who are we consulting?

A leaflet has been sent to all the households in the Stoke Lodge ward of Patchway to enable residents to have their say.

In addition to residents we are consulting South Gloucestershire district councillors, neighbouring parish councils, local businesses, tenants and residents associations as well as local community groups and organisations.

What are the current arrangements?

Stoke Lodge and the Common are currently part of Patchway Town Council. The area is divided into three town wards and there are fifteen councillors representing the interests of the local area. The table below shows the current structure of the town council.

Town Council Ward      Electorate     Councillors     Elector to Councillor Ratio   
  Patchway, Callicroft       3106     7     444:1
  Patchway, Consiton       3515     5     703:1
  Patchway, Stoke Lodge       1713     3     571:1

 

What are the possibilities?

There are a number of possible outcomes of this review. They would fall into one of the following three broad options:

  1. New parish created for Stoke Lodge and The Common
    This would mean that a new parish may be created to represent the interests of residents of Stoke Lodge and The Common. The creation of a new parish may involve asset and resource transfers from Patchway Town Council to the new council. If a new parish was created your council tax contributions would finance any assets and resources of the new parish council whereas currently they go towards the finances of Patchway Town Council who currently provides some of your local services.
  2. Stoke Lodge and The Common become part of a neighbouring parish area
    This would mean that Stoke Lodge and The Common would no longer be part of Patchway Town Council. Instead the area could become part of the neighbouring parishes of Bradley Stoke and/or Stoke Gifford. Your council tax contributions would finance any assets and resources of the parish area you joined.
  3. No change - Staus Quo
    This would mean that Stoke Lodge and The Common would remain part of Patchway Town Council. Your council tax contributions would continue to finance any assets and resources of your existing parish council.

When considering making changes to arrangements in an area we are required to ensure that community governance within the area under review will be:

  • Reflective of the identities and interests of the community in that area; and
  • Is effective and convenient In doing so we are required to take into account:
  • The impact of existing community governance arrangements on community cohesion; and
  • The size, population and boundaries of any local community or proposed parish or town council.

In this particular area, South Gloucestershire Council would need to be satisfied that any new parish council would be large enough to be viable.

What happens next?

When we have had an opportunity to consider all the responses we receive to this consultation, the council will decide what to do next based on the results.

This will probably involve setting out detailed proposals for future community governance arrangements, and then carrying out further consultation on those proposals.

If changes are supported, any amendments would take effect from the local elections in May 2015.

Have your say

There are several ways for you to tell us your views on this important local issue. You can:

Complete an online survey

Download the consultation leaflet, complete the survey and return it FREEPOST to:
FREEPOST Plus RRZE-CTRG-TJLJ
South Gloucestershire Council
Community Governance Review
Council Offices, Castle Street
Thornbury
Bristol
BS35 1HF

You can also email comments to: cgr@southglos.gov.uk

Phone: 01454 868009 

The closing date for comments is 12 November 2012

This consultation has now closed and we are analysing the results, which will be published here in due course.

Timeline

  • Opened
    17 Aug 2012 at 00:00
  • Closed
    12 Nov 2012 at 23:59

Details

Consultation Topic
  • Democracy and participation
Geographical area
  • Bradley Stoke Central and Stoke Lodge
  • Bradley Stoke North
  • Bradley Stoke South
  • Patchway
  • Stoke Gifford
Marking a consultation as relevant to a particular audience indicates that it may be of special relevance to people within that group. It doesn't, however, mean that other groups wont find the consultation of interest - we welcome responses from everybody.
For example, education issues may be of particular interest to Parents & Guardians, and so will be shown to people searching the system for parenting issues, but the views of others (eg: Business, Faith Groups) are also relevant.
Target Audience
  • All residents
  • Councillors / MPs / MEPs
  • General public
  • Town and Parish Councils
  • Voluntary and community groups / organisations
Contact Details

If you have any questions, please contact:

Email: CGR@southglos.gov.uk

Write to:
FREEPOST PLUS RRZE-CTRG-TJLJ
South Gloucestershire Council
Community Governance Review
Council Offices, Castle Street
Thornbury
Bristol
BS35 1HF

Phone: 01454 868009