06/02/18: Still time to comment in Thetford, Carbrooke and Great Ellingham parish consultations

Breckland Council is reminding residents living in Carbrooke, Thetford and Great Ellingham that there is still time to comment on the administrative changes requested by their respective parish councils. Feedback is also sought from residents in the adjacent parishes of Croxton, Brettenham, Kilverstone and Attleborough.

The Carbrooke deadline has been extended and now all three consultations, which began on 8 January, will close on 16 March 2018. 

Carbrooke has asked to increase the size of its parish council from seven to nine members, following substantial population growth, while Thetford Town Council seeks to extend its parish boundary to include the new Sustainable Urban Extension area. The third request from Great Ellingham Parish Council is to extend their southern boundary to the A11.

Breckland Council and Norfolk County Council electoral boundaries will not be affected by the proposed changes.

These three requests are subject to a formal Community Governance Review (CGR); this is a statutory process whereby district councils can create parish councils, review and change boundaries and carry out a number of other electoral arrangement reviews. The Thetford, Carbrooke and Great Ellingham CGR's are being managed by Breckland Council.

Cllr Mark Robinson, Breckland Council Executive Member for Governance said: "We want to make sure that residents of these parishes and other interested groups are given every opportunity have a say on these proposals. I would encourage people living in the affected parishes to find out more and let us know their views so that these can be taken into account before any decisions are made. " 

Details of the changes requested can be found at www.breckland.gov.uk/CGR-review-2018, together with a timetable of the CGR process. All feedback received will be published on the council website in accordance with the statutory process.

After the consultations close, the Community Governance Sub-Committee from Breckland Council will consider the requests in the light of feedback received and will draw up draft proposals. These will go out to further consultation this spring.  In the case of Carbrooke - a request to increase the size of its Parish Council - the final decision will be made by Breckland Council. In the case of the two requested boundary changes the decision will be made by Breckland Council but, depending on outcomes, may need Boundary Commission approval to implement.