Community Governance Review

A Community Governance Review is a review of the whole or part of the district to consider one or more of the following:

  • creating, merging, altering or abolishing parishes
  • the naming of parishes and the style of new parishes
  • the electoral arrangements for parishes (the ordinary year of elections; council size; the number of councillors to be elected to the council, and parish warding)
  • grouping parishes under a common parish council or de-grouping parishes

A community governance review provides an opportunity for principal authorities to review and make changes to community governance within their area as determined under part 4 of the Local Government Public Involvement in Health Act 2007.  Such reviews can be undertaken in response to demographic changes such as a rise in population as a result of significant new housing development or can be prompted through the presentation of a petition to the principal council.

Regardless of the trigger, the objective of any review is to ensure that local governance continues to be effective and convenient and that it reflects the identities and interests of local communities.  The recommendations arising from any community governance review should deliver improved community engagement, more cohesive communities, better local democracy and result in more efficient delivery of local services.

Matlock and Darley Dale Parishes (Upland Drive)

In 2014 the District Council carried out a review of the Polling Stations it uses at elections and one of the recommendations that arose from that Review was for changes to the Polling District relating to numbers 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8 Upland Drive, Matlock.  This recommendation was made following the receipt of representations from residents and Councillors, who felt the current arrangement was illogical in that residents of these properties were required to vote at the Imperial Rooms, Matlock, whilst residents of numbers 1, 2 and 4 Upland Drive were able to vote, far more conveniently, at Arc Leisure Matlock.

The recommendation that residents of these properties should vote at Arc Leisure Matlock was accepted, pending the completion of a Community Governance Review.  The purpose of this review is to consider the amendment of the boundary between Matlock Town Council's Matlock Bank and Sheriff Fields Ward and Darley Dale Town Council's South Ward to include numbers 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8 Upland Drive in the latter Ward. As this boundary is coterminous with that of the District Council Wards and County Council Divisions the change would have the following effect.

Electoral Division Current Arrangement Proposed Arrangement
Parish Ward Matlock - Matlock Bank and Sheriff Fields Darley Dale South Ward
District Council Ward Matlock All Saints Darley Dale
County Council Ward Matlock Derwent Valley
Parliamentary Constituency Derbyshire Dales Derbyshire Dales


Hathersage and Outseats Parishes

On the 26th June 2014, the District Council resolved that in the interests of more effective and convenient local governance, the District Council publishes final recommendations as required by the Local Government Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 to secure:

  1. the dissolution of the current parishes of Hathersage and Outseats
  2. the creation of a new parish of Hathersage comprising the area set out in Appendix 1 of the Order [PDF 0.37MB]
  3. electoral arrangements to provide for 14 members of the new Hathersage Parish Council

A copy of the Order and map that brings that Community Governance Review into effect from 1st April 2015 is available for viewing [PDF 0.37MB] online or at the Town Hall, Matlock.