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Rochester governance review

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

The petition has been 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 is 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 has 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.

All interested groups and residents in the area of the proposed parish council have been invited to give their views. To take part in the Rochester Community Governance Review you can complete the online survey (you will need your unique reference number), or complete the paper copy of the survey that will be delivered to you by 10 August and return it in the reply paid envelope.

We’ve been asked to attend a meeting being hosted by the City Centre Forum on Thursday, 28 September, from 6pm, at the Corn Exchange in Rochester. We will be attending to answer the public’s questions and to explain the process.


The survey will run from Wednesday, 2 August until 5pm on Monday, 30 October 2017.


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