MAIDSTONE BOROUGH COUNCIL
Wednesday 25 February 2015
REPORT OF HEAD OF FINANCE & RESOURCES
1. Harrietsham Parish Council - Increase in Number of Councillors
1.1.1 On 10 December 2014 the Council
confirmed a request to consider an increase in the number of Parish Councillors
on Harrietsham Parish Council. This confirmation commenced a community
governance review including public consultation.
In undertaking any Review, the Council will be guided by the following legislation:
· Part 4 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007:
· Local Government (Parishes and Parish Councils) (England) Regulations 2008 (SI2008/625);
· Local Government Finance (New Parishes) Regulations 2008 (SI2008/626)
of the Local Government Act 1972
1.1.2 This report provides Council with the results of the Consultation and the final opportunity to approve the requested increase in Councillors.
of Head of Finance & Resources
1.2.1 That the Council resolves to make an
Order to increase the number of parish councillors on Harrietsham Parish
Council from nine (9) to eleven (11).
1.2.2 That this final decision is published appropriately.
1.3.1 The LGPIH Act 2007 provides the
Council with the power to take decisions in relation to the electoral arrangements
of Parishes. Since February 2008 the Council has had responsibility for
undertaking community governance reviews and considering the electoral
arrangements of an existing or proposed Parish. Consideration of the electoral
a) The ordinary year of election;
b) The number of Councillors to be elected; and
c) The need to divide a Parish into wards.
1.3.2 Harrietsham Parish Council has
requested that the Council consider increasing the number of Councillors on its
Council from nine to eleven on the basis of the number of Electors in the
1.3.3 The Council considered the request
on 10 December 2014 and agreed to commence a community governance review,
details of the review are given at Appendix A. As the Council has an
adopted scale for the number of Councillors based on electorate size, the
review only required public consultation.
1.3.4 The scale adopted by the Council is
given in the table below and Harrietsham Parish Council electors totalled 1,608
at the time of the decision to commence the review in December 2014.
Number of Electors
Number of Councillors
Up to 250 electors
Over 4500 electors
At the discretion of the Council
1.3.5 The Council has now completed the
necessary consultation and the results are as follows:
In favour of the proposal = 6
Against the proposal = 5
No response = 1597
1.3.6 As the results of the consultation are
marginal and not significant given the size of the electorate, it is proposed
that the Council approve the request based upon the adopted scale and instruct
officers to make the necessary order and publish the details.
Action and why not Recommended
1.4.1 The Council could decide not to approve the increase however it is clear that
size of the Parish already suggests an increase in line with the adopted scale
and current levels of development suggest this will increase in the near
1.5.1 Appendix A – Harrietsham – Terms of Reference