West of Waterlooville Community Governance Review 2018

On 20th June 2017, Winchester City Council received a petition prepared by the Parish Councillors of Denmead and Southwick & Widley Parish Councils and signed by over 200 residents of the new development area, requesting a review to examine forming a new Parish Council for the West of Waterlooville area.

  • First stage of consultation

    In January 2018, Winchester City Council consulted local residents on the shape of Parish Council Governance for West of Waterlooville, Denmead, Southwick & Widley areas.

    Residents were asked to consider four options including the creation of a new Council for the West of Waterlooville Major Development Area.  More than 600 people responded with 74% supporting the new Parish Council option. 

    Options Total % of responses
    1. No change to current Parish Councils 52 8.6%
    2. New Council formed for the Major Development Area 448 74.2%
    3. Move all of Major Development Area into Southwick & Widley Parish Council 82 13.6%
    4. Move all of Major Development Area into Denmead Parish Council 22 3.6%
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    In light of this response, Winchester City Council agreed to prepare and publish draft proposals to establish a new Council. This will be formed from parts of the existing Denmead and Southwick & Widley Parish Council areas and include the whole of the West of Waterlooville development and a few neighbouring pockets of land within the City Council boundary. This would accord with the requirements of the relevant legislation to encourage a cohesive and sustainable community with a distinct and recognisable sense of identity.

  • Second stage of consultation

    During March and April 2018, Winchester City Council consulted local residents on specific arrangements for the new council:

    • the new council’s style (it could be a Parish, Town, Neighbourhood or Community Council);
    • a name for the new council that reflects its geographic location; and
    • the new council’s precise boundary. The recommended boundary is shown on the right hand side of the page.

    The second consultation generated 32 responses as follows:

    Question 1: What style should the new council take?

    Options Total % of responses
    1. A Town Council 2 6.25%
    2. A Parish Council 28 87.5%
    3. A Neighbourhood Council 0 0%
    4. A Community Council 2 6.25%
    5. Not answered 0 0%
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    Question 2: What should the new council be called?

    Options Total % of responses
    1. Eastmead 1 3.1%
    2. Newlands 11 34.4%
    3. Oakwood 3 9.4%
    4. Southmead 1 3.1%
    5. Wellingswood 1 3.1%
    6. Westwood 6 18.8
    7. Other / Not answered 9 21.1
    • Berewood (6)
    • Berewood & Wellington (1)
    • Eastwick (1)
       
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    Question 3: I think we should vote for members of the new Council:

    Options Total % of responses
    1. From a single list of candidates for the whole parish 22 68.7%
    2. From each of the three polling districts within the parish 3 9.4%
    3. Don't know / No opinion 7 21.9%
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    In light of this response, Winchester City Council's Licensing & Regulation Committee agreed on 14th June 2018 to prepare a draft legal order to establish the new parish council.

 

The legal order was approved by the Council on 7 November 2018 and made on 26 November 2018.  A copy of the signed order can be found in the documents section on the right-hand side of this page.  The new parish council will come into being on 1 April 2019, with the first elections in May 2019.

If you have any questions or requests for additional information please email us at communitygovernancereview@winchester.gov.uk.