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Community Governance Reviews

South Holland District Council, as principal authority, carries out CGR's as requested by Parish Councils , ward members or petitions.

A Community Governance Review is a process whereby the principal authority can make changes to the governance arrangements for parish councils and parish areas.

The process involves asking the public and other interested parties about the most suitable way of representing the local communities.  This is to ensure that local governance arrangements within South Holland continue to be reflective of the identity and interest of local communities and that they are as efficient and effective as they can be.

Community Governance Reviews are undertaken in accordance with the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007.  This enables South Holland District Council to review Parish Council arrangements.  A number of changes can be made when there is clear evidence to do so:

  • Changes to parish areas - this includes changes to parish boundaries, the merging of two or more parishes, creating a new parish out of part of one or more existing parishes.
  • Changes to electoral arrangements - this includes changing the number of parish councillors and introducing or changing parish warding arrangements.
  • Changes to the name of a parish (this can also be undertaken through a process under S75 of Local Government Act 1972).
  • Changes to parish grouping arrangements - this involves the grouping together of parishes under a common parish council.

Current Community Governance Reviews

Tydd St Mary

Tydd St Mary Parish Council have requested a review to decrease their Councillor numbers from 9 to 7 to reflect the difficulty in recruiting Councillors.

Draft Recommendations - Tydd St Mary (PDF) [80KB]

Timetable (PDF) [400KB]

Terms of Reference (PDF) [508KB]

How you can get involved

To have your say on the draft recommendations you will need to be a resident within Tydd St Mary Parish or a relevant stakeholder and you can respond by contacting the details at the bottom of the page. Responses need to be received by 19 December 2022, as per the published timetable, please include your name and address.


Cowbit Parish Council have requested a review to increase their Councillor numbers from 5 to 7 due to an increased electorate in the village.

Final Recommendation - Cowbit (PDF) [436KB]

Draft Recommendations - Cowbit (PDF) [81KB]

Review Timetable (PDF) [75KB]

Terms of Reference (PDF) [183KB]


Holbeach Parish Council have requested a review to decrease their Councillor numbers from 18 to 16 to keep a balanced number of Councillors to electorate within the Holbeach Parish area.

Final Recommendation - Holbeach (PDF) [437KB]

Draft Recommendations - Holbeach (PDF) [108KB]

Review Timetable (PDF) [75KB]

Terms of Reference (PDF) [191KB]

The final stage of the process is for the final recommendations to be approved at Full Council on 18 January 2023.