Community Governance Review

St Albans will soon start to conduct a Community Governance Review (CGR) of the parish and town councils’ electoral arrangements in the District, starting around October 2021 and concluding in approximately November 2022.  Please see below for the proposed timetable.

There will be meetings arranged by St Albans District Council to promote the CGR and to encourage residents to give their comments and opinions. We will publish details here as soon as there is more information from the District Council.

The purpose of a CGR is to ensure that an area’s electoral and community governance arrangements are appropriate and continue to reflect local identities.  A CGR can alter the boundary of an existing parish or group a number of parishes together in a grouped parish council.  The outcome for Harpenden Rural Parish Council will be determined by evidence and opinion gathered from local residents, and any changes arising from the CGR will take effect from the next scheduled parish council elections in May 2023. 

Any changes arising from the CGR will take effect from the next scheduled parish council elections in May 2023 .

Unlike the LGBCE review completed in 2020, a CGR can alter the outer boundaries of parishes.

Proposed timetable for the CGR of parish and town electoral arrangements – this is subject to agreement by St Albans District Council’s Licensing and Regulatory committee in October.

  • Approval of timetable and terms of reference by the Licencing and Regulatory committee – 19 October 2021
  • Commencement – 1 November 2021
  • Preparation, 2 months (desk research, information gathering, local meetings, terms of reference published) 1 November – 31 December 2021
  • Stage one, 2 months, initial submissions received – 4 January – 28 February 2022
  • Stage two, 2 months, consideration of submissions received, and draft recommendations prepared – 1 March – 30 April 2022
  • Stage three, 3 months, Draft recommendations published and consulted on – 1 May – 31 July 2022
  • Stage four, 2 months, consideration of submissions received, and final recommendations prepared – 1 August – 30 September 2022
  • Stage five, final recommendations published – 1 October 2022
  • Stage six, Council resolves to make a Reorganisation Order – 1 November 2022