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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


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

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.

Review Timetable (PDF) [75KB]

Terms of Reference (PDF) [191KB]

How you can get involved

To respond to either of the above consultations you will need to be a resident within the relevant Parish, and you can do so by emailing our Electoral Services Team at or by writing to us at:

Electoral Services Department, Council Offices, Priory Road, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 2XE

Responses to the initial consultation period need to be received by 27th June 2022, please include your name and address with your response.