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Rochester governance review

All interested groups and residents in the area of the proposed parish council were invited to take part in the review and give their feedback. 

The working group has considered the results of the consultation and other issues and submitted its report to the Council. The matter will be considered at the Full Council meeting taking place at 7.30pm on Thursday 25 January. You can see a copy of the relevant documents here – https://democracy.medway.gov.uk/mgconvert2pdf.aspx?id=39855 .

At the Council meeting on 25 January 2018, the report of the working group was considered and it was agreed that in the light of the evidence and consultation exercise responses set out in the working groups’ report, the existing community governance arrangements in the proposed area for the Rochester Town Council, remain unchanged – that a town council is not created in Rochester. Copies of all the documents can be seen by using the link shown above.

Medway Council is not obliged to undertake another community governance review if a petition relating to the same or a significant part of the area just reviewed, if the petition or application is received before 18 January 2020 or if the Council is already undertaking a community governance review and the new petition or application is wholly or partially outside the area being reviewed.


A petition was submitted from 1623 local government electors requesting that a Community Governance Review be conducted to consider the establishment of Rochester Town Council.

The petition was verified as a valid petition within the terms of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (as amended) and so the Council was obliged to carry out a review in accordance with the Act.

It should be noted that the terminology “Town Council” is one of the authorised alternative styles for a Parish Council allowed for by the Local Government Act 1972 and is explicitly referred to in the petition as being the preferred style. The area to which the review relates is shown on the map.

The Council agreed the Terms of Reference for the review and authorised the Chief Legal Officer, with a cross-party group of Councillors, to carry out the review and report back to Full Council with the outcome of the review and recommendations.


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Page updated 18 January 2018