Community Governance Review - West of Waterlooville (Phase 1)

Closed 5 Feb 2018

Opened 12 Jan 2018

Feedback Updated 26 Feb 2018

We Asked

Purpose of Consultation - To consult with local people on options to change current parish council arrangements in Denmead and Southwick & Widley. This will aim to better serve the new housing the West of Waterlooville Major Development Area.

Scope and Methodology - This consultation was undertaken in line with the legal framework of Part 4 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007. To best ensure the engagement of local residents, the options for change were presented in a information and questionnaire leaflet that was delivered to all households in the two parish council areas. Two information events were also held in two venues in the local area. The consultation information and questionnaire were also published online on Winchester City Council’s CitizenSpace portal.

The consultation was open to the public from 18th January to 5th February 2018.

You Said

The consultation prompted 604 responses from members of the public (283 online, 321 by post/ in person).

 

Options

Online

Other

Total

% of responses

1. No change

22

30

52

8.6%

2. New Council formed

207

241

448

74.2%

3. Move MDA into Southwick & Widley PC

45

37

82

13.6%

4. Move MDA into Denmead PC

9

13

22

3.6%

 

There were also responses supporting Option 2 from Denmead PC, Southwick & Widley PC and the West of Waterlooville Advisory Group.

25 people attended the consultation events.

       

 

We Did

In view of the overwhelmingly majority in favour of Option 2, the report to the Licensing and Regulatory Committee recommends this is developed into a draft proposal for a consultation in March 2018.

Overview

Winchester City Council is consulting local people on options to change the current parish council arrangements in Denmead and Southwick & Widley. This will aim to better serve the new housing in the West of Waterlooville Major Development Area (MDA). We want to hear your views.

Why We Are Consulting

The building of the West of Waterlooville Major Development Area (MDA) is now well underway with around 930 homes completed so far. Ultimately,the site will provide over 3,000 new homes, two primary schools along with leisure, retail, employment and community facilities.

The majority of the MDA lies within the Winchester City Council (WCC) district. This area is also served by two existing parish councils, Denmead and Southwick & Widley, which look after the interests of those communities. The two parish councils have already been meeting jointly as the West of Waterlooville Advisory Group to discuss local matters with residents of the MDA. However, different arrangements to serve the area may be more appropriate as the development grows. Accordingly, a petition requesting a Community Governance Review has been presented by councillors and residents. This consultation is in response to that petition.

 What powers do parish councils have?

Parish councils have a wide range of responsibilities. The key issues they might oversee for the new development area include; responding to planning applications, managing open spaces, promoting tourism, licensing, community halls, representation and management of town and village centres. Parish councils have rights to raise funding for services through a precept on the Council Tax, this precept is already being paid by Winchester City Council residents.They can make a key contribution to the well being of their local community.

Towards new council arrangements for West of Waterlooville

Winchester City Council is presenting four possible options for your consideration. In all options, services provided by Winchester City Council and Hampshire County Council will not change.

People who live in the 4000 homes within the two parish council areas are invited to give us their views on the proposals.

This arrangement will not directly impact the new MDA housing areas within Havant Borough Council. However residents living within 3 miles of Parish Council boundaries are welcome to participate in the consultation process and will be able to participate with any current or new parish councils.

There are no proposals to change the boundaries of Winchester City Council and Havant Borough Council as this was not raised by the Boundary Commission in their review in 2015.

The four proposed options for future Parish arrangements

Option 1 - No change: Position to remain unchanged with governance of the West of Waterlooville MDA being divided between the two existing Parish Councils.

Option 2 - New Council formed for the new development area: Create a new separate council, be it a Parish, Neighbourhood or Community Council, for the West of Waterlooville MDA. This is the option suggested by the petitioners.

Option 3 - Move all the new development area into Southwick & Widley Parish Council: Remove part of the West of Waterlooville MDA from Denmead Parish Council and add it to Southwick & Widley Parish Council.

Option 4 - Move all the new development area into Denmead Parish Council: Remove part of the West of Waterlooville MDA from Southwick and Widley Parish Council and add it to Denmead Parish Council.

What next?

Feedback from this consultation will be considered by Winchester City Council and a further consultation will be arranged for March 2018. This will look at approving a preferred option including new boundaries and potential names for any new or reorganised councils.

Final recommendations will be published in June 2018.

 If a formal Reorganisation Order is agreed and approved, it will come into effect from 1st April 2019.

For more information

Please come along to one of our consultation events which will be held on:

Date Time Venue
Wednesday 24 January 2018 3.30pm -7.00pm Berewood Primary School, Kentidge Way, Waterlooville, PO7 3BE
Saturday 27 January 2018 10.00am - 2.00pm Wellington Vale Care Home, Darnel Road, Waterlooville, PO7 7TY

 

Alternatively if you have any questions regarding this Community Governance Review please contact communitygovernancereview@winchester.gov.uk

This Community Governance Review is being developed in line with the legal framework of Part 4 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007.

The Formal Terms of Reference for the Community Governance Review for West of Waterlooville document is attached below.

What Happens Next

Following the conclusion of the review, if a new Parish or other Council is to be created, or if there is an amalgamation this will be done by way of a Reorganisation Order. A Reorganisation Order can be made at any time however the order should take effect on the 1st of April following the date on which it is made. In this case if a Reorganisation Order is made this will be in June 2018 and come into effect 1st April 2019.

Areas

  • Boarhunt And Southwick
  • Denmead

Audiences

  • All Residents

Interests

  • Local Plans