Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet met last night (3 December) to consider how Billingham and Elton should be governed in future.
The Council’s Cabinet decided to recommend to Council that Billingham Town Council and Elton Parish Council are retained.
Their recommendation is based on the findings of a recent Community Governance Review consultation.
The decision to hold a Community Governance Review in Billingham was made after Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council received a valid ‘Community Governance’ petition calling for the abolition of Billingham Town Council.
By law, all principal councils have a legal duty to carry out a Community Governance Review if they receive a petition signed by the required percentage of electors.
Between 17 September and 31 October, letters were sent to all Billingham residents inviting them to take part in the consultation. Of the 7,563 people who responded, 3705 were in favour of abolishing the Town Council and 3,859 were against abolition.
All registered electors living within Elton Parish boundary were also invited to take part in a Community Governance Review consultation about the future of Elton Parish Council during the same period. The decision to hold the Community Governance Review was taken as the Parish Council has not operated since December 2008.
There has been a good response to the consultation with the majority of residents being in favour of retaining the Parish Council.
The findings and recommendations from Cabinet will be considered at Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s full Council meeting on 20 January 2016 ahead of consultation on the draft proposals. The final recommendation and reasons for the decision will be published at the end of April 2016.