Have Your Say on Parish Boundary Changes And Numbers of Councillors


by Alan Winter
Central Bedfordshire Council is now asking residents for feedback on proposed changes to some town and parish councils. These include changes to town and parish council boundaries, reduction in the number of councillors and the abolition, creation and merging of parishes.

The changes being proposed follow on from the consultation last year where residents were invited to put forward ideas for change.

Parish or town councils are typically responsible for looking after certain local facilities such as allotments, bus shelters, parks, playgrounds, public seats, public toilets, public clocks, village or town halls, maintenance of footpaths, cemeteries, village greens and various leisure and recreation facilities but this can vary between councils.

After consideration was given to all the ideas, the second stage of the review is now underway and the council is asking for feedback on the proposed changes. The Council wants to hear residents’ views on whether they believe these recommendations will properly reflect the needs of their local community.



Houghton Regis Parish Boundary Changes Proposed

... that a further governance review of the parish be held when a substantial number of the proposed development in the Houghton Hall ward have taken place

... that the boundary of the parish be changed to include the properties at Numbers 21 to 33 Portland Ride

Boundary - Now

After proposed changes, the orange area would be moved to Houghton Regis

Proposed Changes to Other Local Parishes

Dunstable
... that the number of parish councillors on Dunstable Town Council be reduced to 18 (Central Ward 3, Icknield Ward 4, Manshead Ward 3, Northfields Ward 4 and Watling Ward 4).

... that the boundary of the parish be changed to add the properties at Numbers 19 to 73 (odds) Norfolk Road together with the properties at Fossett Grove, Goodhart Crescent, Montgomery Grove, Renner Croft and Numbers 177 to 233 (odds) London Road


... that the boundary of the parish be changed to exclude the properties at Numbers 21 to 33 Portland Ride

Eaton Bray
That the number of parish councillors on Eaton Bray Parish Council be reduced to 7.

Caddington 
That the boundary of the parish be changed to remove the properties at Numbers 19 to 73 (odds) Norfolk Road together with the properties at Fossett Grove, Goodhart Crescent, Montgomery Grove, Renner Croft and Numbers 177 to 233 (odds) London Road.

Kensworth
That the number of parish councillors on Kensworth Parish Council be reduced to 7.

Toddington
That the number of parish councillors on Toddington Parish Council be reduced to 9.

Totternhoe
That the number of parish councillors on Totternhoe Parish Council be reduced to 7.

All Proposals can be found here.

Cllr Richard Wenham, Deputy Leader of the Central Bedfordshire Council and Executive Member for Corporate Resources said: “

It’s not very often we have a chance to change the way we are represented at a local level. This only tends to happen once every 10 years or so.

“This consultation is a valuable opportunity for people living in Central Bedfordshire to have their say, as part of the democratic process, on local representation. We’d like to thank all those who responded to the first stage of the review and hope that people will take time to review the proposed changes and give their feedback.

“Although it may sound like quite an obscure thing to ask people to consider, it is really important. For example, where there are boundary changes this could directly impact on those residents as it potentially means they move to a different town or parish council and that could mean a change in local services and council tax.”


  • During the initial consultation, Totternhoe Parish Council and Dunstable Town Council had suggested separately that they take over greenfield sites around Maiden Bower and the hamlet of Sewell. The white area on the map below is part of Houghton Regis Parish. These suggestions have been withdrawn during Central Bedfordshire Council committee stages. 


Have Your Say

The consultation will be open from 14 May until 6 July 2018 and will mean that any agreed changes will be implemented in time for the next elections for town and parish councils in May 2019.  It is available at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/consultations