*This reviews consultation has concluded.

Final decisions will be published following the full council meeting on 22nd September - see agenda below*

What is a Community Governance Review?

A Community Governance Review (CGR) is a process that provides an opportunity to review and make changes to governance arrangements for town and parish councils and parish areas. This means making sure that those living in the area, and other interested groups, have a say in how their local communities are represented.

Community Governance Reviews are undertaken in accordance with the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007.

Community governance reviews: guidance - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

This review has proposed considerations affecting civil parish areas within Hertsmere. A civil parish is the first tier unit of local government, the level that is closest to the local community.

This reviews consultation has concluded. All results and review outcomes are being taken to Full Council Meeting on 21st September.

Please see the link to the Full Council Agenda; Agenda for Council on Wednesday, 21 September 2022, 7.30 pm (moderngov.co.uk)

 

The Initial Consultation Process

The initial consultation began on 30th January to 1st April 2022. Representations from any person or body within Hertsmere were encouraged to comment or make proposals on the aspects of the matters under review by completing a short online survey. Paper responses were also available on request.

Social Media posts and the Hertsmere webpages were utilised to highlight the importance of the review and leaflets were delivered to the areas that the review may effect.

A public forum was held at Ridge Village Hall to answer any questions surrounding the review and its details. Local residents were encouraged to attend and from there, encouraged to fill in the online survey.

The dedicated team running the review also attended an Aldenham Parish Council’s meeting to answer any questions surrounding the review and its details for the council members.

Initial Consultation Responses Total

In total, 105 responses were received for the initial consultation;

  • 101 local residents
  • 3 local councillors
  • 1 other

Initial Consultation Results

A more detailed analysis of the Initial Consultation responses can be seen in the Initial Consultation Report. (PDF, 802KB) Details of the original considerations can be found in the Community Governance Considerations Report. (PDF,1.59MB)

Residents of Aldenham Parish, particularly residents of polling districts EA, EE and EF, were asked their preferred option for the future of the parish boundaries. The options were:

  • Option 1: Remove polling district EA from the parish and create a parish meeting
  • Option 2: Leave polling district EA part of Aldenham Parish Council
  • Option 3: Align the boundaries to include polling district EE and EF in the parish area

 

Responses were as follows;

  • Option 1: 17 votes
  • Option 2: 9 votes
  • Option 3: 17 votes

 


 

Residents of Ridge Parish were asked their preferred option for the future of Ridge Parish and Ridge Parish Council. The options were:

  • Option 1: Remove the Parish Council and replace with an annual parish meeting
  • Option 2: Merge Ridge Parish with Shenley Parish
  • Option 3: Merge Ridge Parish with South Mimms Parish
  • Option 4: Merge Ridge Parish with Shenley Parish and South Mimms Parish

With a proposed option of:

  • Option 5: Reinstate Ridge Parish Council

 

Results were as follows;


 RidgeSouth MimmsShenleyAnon*
Option 1 0 0 0 1
option 2 0 0 5 1
Option 3 7 7 1 0
option 4 0 0 4 3
option 5 9 0 0 1

*meaning anonymous

**Participants of the consultation had the option to select a “none of the above” option which explains the difference in numbers of amount of resident’s responses and the amount listed above.

 

Initial Consultation Recommendations

The Constitutional and Member Development Panel (CMDP) met on 19 May 2022 to review the responses of the initial consultation, agree draft proposals and submit for a final round of public consultation commencing 1 June 2022 and closing 31 July 2022.

Based on the consultation responses, the following draft proposals are recommended for adoption and final consultation;

(please read all the information before completing the survey at the bottom of the page)

Aldenham Parish Recommendations

  1. That the area known as Polling District EA (PDF, 4.62MB) or 'Meriden' be removed from the civil Parish of Aldenham. Establishing a civil parish titled, ‘the Parish of Meriden’ whilst not creating a Parish Council.
  2. That the areas comprised in Polling Districts EE and EF (PDF, 9721KB) be adopted by the civil Parish of Aldenham to form part of the parish ward of Aldenham West. (PDF, 9.48MB)

Responses from the initial consultation largely favoured the removal of Polling District EA from the Parish of Aldenham without forming a Parish Council. Comments made regarding this acknowledged the geographical divide between polling district EA and Aldenham Parish, due to the M1. Residents also recognised that polling district EA would have the opportunity to better their relationship with their direct neighbouring area after being removed from Aldenham Parish.

Responses in regard to Polling Districts EE and EF, from the initial consultation, highlighted the benefits of these two areas joining Aldenham Parish. Mostly commented on was the restoration of Aldenham's original historic boundaries and admiration for Aldenham Parish Council's capability with planning applications and disputes.

 

Additional considerations

  • As a result of being removed from Aldenham Parish Council, polling district EA's council tax precept would be removed with effect from 1st April 2023.
  • Electors of the Parish of Meriden will continue to vote at the Meriden Centre, Garston for Borough and County elections but would no longer be eligible to vote for Parish elections.

 

  • As a result of the Hertsmere Boundary Review in 2018, polling districts EE and EF changed from voting in Bushey to voting in Aldenham West.
  • Polling districts EE and EF would benefit from any *CIL money awarded in the area, which can be spent at Aldenham Parish Council's discretion.
  • Residents of polling districts EE and EF would see a reduction of their special expenses from £17 to £0.16.
  • Residents of polling districts EE and EF would pay a parish precept with effect of 1 April 2023. (The current 2022 precept for Aldenham is £125 per household)

 

*CIL = Community Infrastructure Levy - Money that local authorities can set on new development in order to raise funds to help fund the infrastructure, facilities and services

Ridge Parish Recommendations

  1. That the Parishes of Ridge and South Mimms be merged to form a single Civil Parish titled ‘the Parish of South Mimms with Ridge’.
  2. That a Parish Council be established for the Parish of South Mimms with Ridge titled ‘South Mimms with Ridge Parish Council.’
  3. That the number of councillors of South Mimms with Ridge Parish Council is five.
  4. That two Parish Wards (PDF, 7.92MB) be created for South Mimms with Ridge Parish Council. The first corresponding to the area of the South Mimms Parish Council to be known as ‘South Mimms Ward’. The second corresponding to the area of Ridge Parish Council to be known as ‘Ridge Ward’.
  5. That the number of councillors returned for South Mimms Ward shall be four and the number of councillors returned for Ridge Ward shall be one.

 

Though Ridge residents did propose the added option of reinstating a Ridge Parish Council, HBC members and officers recognise the difficulty in fulfilling this option. Taking into account that Ridge Parish requested the abolition of the parish council in 2011, plus the small number of electors in contrast to the approximated minimum precept requirement, a merger makes more realistic and viable sense.

Warding the Parish areas would ensure that Ridge and South Mimms retain their individual identities and historic boundaries.

South Mimms Parish Recommendations

  1. That the Parishes of Ridge and South Mimms be merged to form a single Civil Parish titled ‘the Parish of South Mimms with Ridge’.
  2. That a Parish Council be established for the Parish of South Mimms with Ridge titled ‘South Mimms with Ridge Parish Council.’
  3. That the number of councillors of South Mimms with Ridge Parish Council is five.
  4. That two Parish Wards (PDF, 7.92MB) be created for South Mimms with Ridge Parish Council, the first corresponding to the area of the South Mimms Parish Council to be known as  ‘South Mimms Ward’ and the second corresponding to the area of Ridge Parish Council to be known as ‘Ridge Ward’.
  5. That the number of councillors returned for South Mimms Ward shall be four and the number of councillors returned for Ridge Ward shall be one.

Warding the Parish areas would ensure that Ridge and South Mimms retain their individual identities and historic boundaries.

Shenley Parish Recommendations

  1. That two Parish Wards (PDF 6.53MB) be created for Shenley Parish Council. The first to be called ‘Shenley South’. The second to be called ‘Shenley North’.
  2. That the total number of councillors be 9.
  3. That the number of councillors returned for Shenley North Ward be six and the number of councillors returned Shenley South Ward shall be three.

Warding Shenley Parish would;

  • Improve accountability of Councillors to the residents of their specific parish ward.
  • Enable Councillors to focus on resident issues specifically affecting their parish ward.
  • In turn, residents will feel improved representation.
  • Additionally, reduce the costs of any by-election.

 

What has this review considered?

Aldenham Parish Council requested a Community Governance Review to consider the case of re-aligning their parish and borough ward boundaries, whilst also taking into consideration the possibility of removing the properties in polling district EA.

This review has also considered the future prospects of the Ridge Parish area due to the continuation of a non-functioning parish council.

Furthermore this review has also given the opportunity to evaluate the community arrangements of the parish of Shenley, focussing on the benefits of warding arrangements.

Details and maps explaining these considerations can be found in the Community Governance Considerations Report. (PDF,1.59MB)

  

If you have any questions or require any further information, please email cgr@hertsmere.gov.uk