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Council runs community governance review

Herefordshire Council is running a five week community governance review in Ross-on-Wye.

The review will consider whether the electoral arrangements for Ross-on-Wye are appropriate and if there should be any changes within the town and parish councils to ensure communities are represented fairly and appropriately.

There are currently two parish councils covering Ross-on-Wye: Ross-on-Wye Town Council and Ross-on-Wye Rural Parish Council.  The review will consider whether the town and parish councils should merge to become one council and will set out how such a change might affect residents.  It will also consider the number of councillors needed in a newly merged council to best serve the residents in both the town and rural areas.

Herefordshire Council will decide whether to accept the recommendations of the review, with or without any modifications, before referring the matter to The Local Government Boundary Commission for England, which will decide whether to approve any proposed changes.

Any approved changes will come into effect before the next local elections in May 2015.

The consultation is available from Wednesday 12 March to Wednesday 16 April and is available on the council’s Ross-on-Wye community governance review page.

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