This consultation closed on 4 May 2022

Anyone living in the area covered by Colyton Parish Council was asked to share their views on the draft proposals for the setting up of a separate parish council for Colyford.

The aim of the ‘Community Governance Review’, which was requested by the Colyford Village Residents' Association, is to find the most suitable arrangement to represent the people of Colyford. Town and parish councils are the most local tier of government and have two roles; community representation and local administration. Government guidance states that a parish should reflect a distinctive and recognisable community, with its own sense of local identity.

People registered to vote within the Colyton Parish Council area received a consultation pack in the post, within the pack was a short questionnaire inviting residents to have their say. Those not registered to vote in the Colyton Parish Council area could still have their say by filling in a different version of the questionnaire. Extra paper copies of the consultation, and copies in any other format were offered.

This map shows the proposal for the boundary of the new parish council. If approved, Colyford would no longer come under the remit of Colyton Parish Council, which currently has 2,768 people on the electoral register.

Find out more by looking at the Colyford Community Governance Review Terms of Reference, including the proposal for a parish council for Colyford from Colyford Village Residents' Association. This proposal was discussed at our Cabinet meeting on 3 November 2021

We are now analysing the results of this consultation. Once we have the results of the consultation we will consider them and publish our proposal in spring 2022. This proposal will then be subject to further consultation. If a separate parish council is set up for Colyford the aim is that it would be in place in time for elections to take place in May 2023. See the full timetable.

Why was this consultation being carried out?
This consultation was carried out in accordance with the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007. Since 13 February 2008, district councils, unitary county councils and London borough councils (principal councils) have been responsible for carrying out community governance reviews. They can then decide what to do about recommendations made in those reviews. In making that decision, principal councils need to take into account the views of local people.