Residents’ feedback to help finalise new ‘Harwell East’ parish
A new parish in the Harwell area could improve local representation and feedback from the local community will help to help influence the final plans.
Everyone living in the Harwell area is currently represented by Harwell Parish Council however, with more homes being built and a growing population, residents could be better served if the area was divided into two parishes.
Vale of White Horse District Council has agreed that the area to the east of the A34 within Harwell, up to the boundary with South Oxfordshire, could become ‘Harwell East’ a new parish which would cover all of Valley Park and more than 900 properties in Great Western Park.
Local residents are now being asked to comment on a series of recommendations for the parish, including its name, the type of council they wish to have for the area and the number of councillors it should have.
To find out more and to submit your comments, please visit survey.southandvale.gov.uk/s/HarwellEastConsultation. The consultation runs until 30 September 2022.
Once the consultation has ended, the council’s Community Governance and Electoral Issues Committee will consider the responses and agree whether or not to implement the proposed changes. Any changes agreed would apply in time for the May 2023 elections.
Cllr Debby Hallett, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services and Transformation, said: “It’s really important that residents are properly represented in local decision making. Harwell is a growing area and we want to know if residents think the community would now be better served by two parishes rather than just one. We really want to know what local residents think of the recommendations before we make any final decisions.”
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Responses to the consultation can also be made by:
- Emailing: CGR@southandvale.gov.uk
- Writing to us: Community Governance Review – New Parish and post to ‘Freepost SOUTH AND VALE CONSULTATIONS’ (no other address information or stamp is needed). Our preference is electronic submissions and there is no need to post a hard copy as well.
If you have any questions about this survey, please contact the Electoral Services team at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you require this survey in an alternative format (for example large print, Braille, audio, email, Easy Read and alternative languages) please email email@example.com or call 01235 422425