Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council is inviting people to get in touch about proposals for the future governance of Grindon Parish.
Following the receipt of a petition calling for Grindon to be split into two separate parishes, the Council conducted a community governance review and is recommending that:
1. Grindon Parish is abolished and Grindon Parish Council is dissolved and that two new parishes and parish councils are created based on the ward boundaries of Grindon East and Grindon West.
2. The new parish in the Grindon West Ward is called Grindon and Thorpe Thewles Parish and the new parish in the Grindon East Ward is called Wynyard Parish.
3. Thorpe Thewles Parish Council comprise of seven councillors and Wynyard Parish Council comprise of nine councillors.
4. Subject to further consultation on the above proposals and final agreement by Council 21 June 2017, a reorganisation order be made to implement the changes which will come into force at the next ordinary parish elections in May 2019.
The recommendations are based on feedback from a consultation earlier this year which asked registered local government electors living within Grindon Parish (including Grindon, Thorpe Thewles, The Elms and Wynyard) for their views on whether the parish should become two separate parishes.
Anyone who would like to comment on the proposals has until 31 May 2017 to do so.
Observations can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively they can be sent to Electoral Services, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LD.
The consultation is part of a Community Governance Review which was prompted after Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council received a community governance petition requesting the change.
The final recommendation and reasons for the decision will be published in summer 2017.
Further information about the review can be found at www.stockton.gov.uk/grindon