Feedback sought on proposal to split parish council

Consultation letters are landing on Adderbury doormats as a request to create two new parish councils is examined.

Published: Monday, 29th June 2020

A meeting of Cherwell District Council on 20 May agreed to set up a working group to examine a proposal to create a new parish council for West Adderbury. This followed a petition from West Adderbury Residents Association and the plan would mean separating West Adderbury from the existing parish.  

The consultation forms part of a Community Governance Review (CGR). It starts today, Monday 29 June, and lasts until Friday 28 August. Legislation requires Cherwell to make sure governance arrangements are effective and that they promote community cohesion. Every household in the village will receive a letter but people can respond individually rather than as a household if they prefer. 

Cllr George Reynolds, deputy leader of the council and chairman of the CGR working group, said: “It is really important that parish council arrangements reflect local residents’ needs and identities, so we want to capture the full spectrum of opinion in Adderbury.

“Several people have already made their views known to us informally. But to help shape our recommendations to the council in the most balanced and transparent way, it is vital that they also respond via this formal consultation process.

“I would urge everybody who lives in Adderbury to have their say on the idea of having two separate parish councils.”

The consultation letter includes more information about the proposed parish council split, some short questions, a reply slip, and a pre-paid envelope.

The results of the consultation will feed into the working group’s recommendations to full council. A second round of consultation will be carried out in November and the CGR will be completed by February 2021.

Residents of Adderbury can respond online via this link, where further information relating to the CGR can be found.