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Community governance review in High Wycombe

Following a number of recent comments and questions about the community governance review of the unparished wards of High Wycombe, we wanted to clarify what the decision making process is.

At a public meeting on Tuesday 17 December, the Regulatory and Appeals Committee received the findings of the public consultation. In addition, they received a “final report”, written by law firm Bevan Brittan LLP, which set out a number of possible recommendations for future governance arrangements of the unparished wards of High Wycombe. The minutes of this meeting will be published early in the new year.

Read the community governance review final report  in full.

The role of the Regulatory and Appeals Committee was to receive the findings and the report and then to refer the final decision regarding future governance arrangements to the executive of the Shadow Buckinghamshire Council. The Local Government (Structural Changes) (Transitional Arrangements) Regulations 2008 provide that the powers to implement the recommendations of proposals resulting from a community governance review during the transitional period sit with the Shadow Executive and thereafter with the new Buckinghamshire Council. This means that while Wycombe District Council resolved to undertake the review, because the council will be abolished after 31 March 2020 and replaced by Buckinghamshire Council, responsibility for deciding whether to give effect to the recommendations of the review rests with the Shadow Executive (rather than by the predecessor council).

The Shadow Executive will therefore consider a report on the community governance review at meeting on 7 January 2020. This will be a public meeting and can also be streamed live.

Further information will be available online in the new year when the agenda report pack for the shadow executive meeting on 7 January will be published.