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Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill
Part 4 — Parishes
Chapter 3 — Reorganisation

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86      

Review being undertaken: duty to respond to petition

(1)   

This section applies if the following conditions are met—

(a)   

a principal council receives a community governance petition which

relates to the whole or part of a principal council’s area;

(b)   

at the time the petition is received, the council is in the course of

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undertaking a community governance review (“the current review”);

(c)   

the petition area is wholly outside the area under review.

(2)   

The principal council must follow one of the options in subsection (4), (5) or (6).

(3)   

But the duty in subsection (2) does not apply if—

(a)   

the principal council has concluded a previous community governance

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review within the relevant two-year period, and

(b)   

in the council’s opinion the petition area covers the whole or a

significant part of the area to which the previous review related.

   

For further provision about this case, see section 87.

(4)   

The first option mentioned in subsection (2) is for the principal council to

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modify the terms of reference of the current review so that they allow for the

petition to be considered.

(5)   

The second option is for the principal council to undertake a community

governance review that—

(a)   

is separate from the current review, and

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(b)   

has terms of reference that allow for the petition to be considered.

(6)   

The third option is for the principal council to—

(a)   

modify the terms of reference of the current review,

(b)   

undertake a community governance review that is separate from the

current review (“the new review”), and

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(c)   

secure that (when taken together)—

(i)   

the terms of reference of the current review (as modified), and

(ii)   

the terms of reference of the new review,

   

allow for the petition to be considered.

87      

Power to respond to petition

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(1)   

In any of the following cases where a principal council receive a community

governance petition, it is for the council to decide what action (if any) to take

under section 84 (power to undertake review) or 83(4)(b) (power to modify

terms of review) in response to that petition.

(2)   

The first case is where—

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(a)   

section 85 applies (no review being undertaken when petition

received), but

(b)   

the duty in section 85(2) does not apply because of section 85(3) (no

duty to respond to petition because previous review concluded in

relevant two-year period).

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(3)   

The second case is where—

(a)   

section 86 applies (review being undertaken when petition received:

petition area wholly outside area under review), but

 
 

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(b)   

the duty in section 86(2) does not apply because of section 86(3) (no

duty to respond to petition because previous review concluded in

relevant two-year period).

(4)   

The third case is where these conditions are met—

(a)   

a principal council receives a community governance petition which

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relates to the whole or part of a principal council’s area;

(b)   

at the time the petition is received, the council is in the course of

undertaking a community governance review;

(c)   

the petition area is wholly or partly inside the area under review.

Reorganisation of community governance

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88      

Reorganisation of community governance

(1)   

This section applies if a community governance review is undertaken.

(2)   

The principal council may, by order, give effect to the recommendations made

in the review (except recommendations made to the Electoral Commission in

accordance with section 94).

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(3)   

But such an order may not include provision giving effect to any

recommendations to change protected electoral arrangements, unless the

Electoral Commission agrees to that provision.

(4)   

An order under this section must include a map showing in general outline the

area affected by the order.

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(5)   

An order under this section may vary or revoke an order previously made

under—

(a)   

this section,

(b)   

Part 1 of this Act,

(c)   

section 17 of the Local Government Act 1992 (c. 19), or

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(d)   

section 16 or 17 of the Local Government and Rating Act 1997 (c. 29).

(6)   

For the purposes of this section electoral arrangements are “protected” if—

(a)   

the electoral arrangements relate to the council of an existing parish,

(b)   

the electoral arrangements were made, or altered, by or in pursuance of

an order under section 17 of the Local Government Act 1992 or section

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14 of the Local Government and Rating Act 1997, and

(c)   

that order was made during the period of five years ending with the

day on which the community governance review starts.

Recommendations of review

89      

Constitution of new parish

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(1)   

A community governance review must make recommendations as to what

new parish or parishes (if any) should be constituted in the area under review.

(2)   

A new parish is constituted in any one of the following ways—

(a)   

by establishing an available area as a parish;

(b)   

by aggregating an available area with one or more parishes or parts of

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parishes;

 
 

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(c)   

by aggregating parts of parishes;

(d)   

by amalgamating two or more parishes;

(e)   

by separating part of a parish.

(3)   

For the purposes of subsection (2) “available area” means an area which—

(a)   

is not a parish, and

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(b)   

is not part of a parish.

(4)   

The following subsections apply if the review recommends that a new parish

should be constituted.

(5)   

The review must also make recommendations as to the name of the new parish.

(6)   

The review must also make recommendations as to whether or not the new

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parish should have a parish council.

(7)   

The review must also make recommendations as to whether or not the new

parish should have one of the alternative styles.

90      

Existing parishes under review

(1)   

A community governance review must make the following recommendations

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in relation to each of the existing parishes under review.

(2)   

The review must make one of the following recommendations—

(a)   

recommendations that the parish should not be abolished and that its

area should not be altered;

(b)   

recommendations that the area of the parish should be altered;

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(c)   

recommendations that the parish should be abolished.

(3)   

The review must make recommendations as to whether or not the name of the

parish should be changed.

(4)   

The review must make one of the following recommendations—

(a)   

if the parish does not have a council: recommendations as to whether

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or not the parish should have a council;

(b)   

if the parish has a council: recommendations as to whether or not the

parish should continue to have a council.

(5)   

But the review may not make any recommendations for the parish—

(a)   

to begin to have an alternative style (if it does not already have one), or

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(b)   

to cease to have an alternative style, or to have a different alternative

style, (if it already has one).

(6)   

In this section “existing parishes under review” means each of the parishes (if

any) which are already in existence in the area under review.

91      

New council: consequential recommendations

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(1)   

This section applies if, under a relevant provision, a community governance

review makes recommendations that a parish should have a parish council.

(2)   

The review must also make recommendations as to what electoral

arrangements should apply to the council.

(3)   

These are the relevant provisions for the purposes of this section—

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(a)   

section 89 (new parishes);

 
 

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(b)   

section 90 (existing parishes)

92      

Council retained: consequential recommendations

(1)   

This section applies if, under a section 90, a community governance review

makes recommendations that a parish should continue to have a parish

council.

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(2)   

The review must also make recommendations as to what changes (if any)

should be made to the electoral arrangements that apply to the council.

93      

Grouping or de-grouping parishes

(1)   

A community governance review may make recommendations as to whether

or not grouping or de-grouping provision should be made.

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(2)   

If the review recommends that grouping or de-grouping provision should be

made, those recommendations must in particular include recommendations as

to what changes (if any) should be made to the electoral arrangements that

apply to any council affected by the provision.

(3)   

The reference to grouping or de-grouping provision is a reference to provision

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equivalent to the provision of an order under section 11 of the Local

Government Act 1972 (c. 70).

94      

County, district or London borough: consequential recommendations

(1)   

This section applies if a community governance review makes

recommendations under any other provision of this Chapter.

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(2)   

The review may make recommendations to the Electoral Commission as to

what related alteration (if any) should be made to the boundaries of the

electoral areas of any affected principal council.

(3)   

The Electoral Commission may by order give effect to recommendations made

under subsection (2).

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(4)   

The Electoral Commission must notify each relevant principal council of

whether or not the Commission have given effect to recommendations made

under subsection (2).

(5)   

If the Electoral Commission have given effect to the recommendations, they

must also send each relevant principal council two copies of the order under

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this section.

(6)   

In this section—

“affected principal council” means any principal council whose area the

community governance review relates to (including the council

carrying out the review);

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“related” means related to the other recommendations made under this

Chapter.

“relevant principal council”, in relation to recommendations under

subsection (2), means—

(a)   

the principal council that made the recommendations, and

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(b)   

if the recommendations are made by a district council for an

area for which there is a county council, the county council.

 
 

 
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