Residents in Denmead and Southwick & Widley are to be consulted on new parish governance arrangements. In response to a petition from councillors, parish councillors and residents, Winchester City Council will be consulting people in the area to hear their views on potential options around changing the current Parish Council arrangements in Denmead and Southwick & Widley as the West of Waterlooville Major Development Area (MDA) takes shape.
The West of Waterlooville MDA will provide 3,000 new homes, two primary schools and leisure, retail, employment and community facilities, with a good proportion of them already occupied. Currently the new development sits within two existing Parish Council areas – Denmead and Southwick & Widley.
Residents are being asked to consider extending either the Denmead or Southwick & Widley Parish Councils to cover the whole development area within one of the existing bodies, or creating a new Council, whether a Parish, Neighbourhood or Community Council, that focuses solely on the MDA and allows the two existing Parish Councils to focus on the governance of areas outside the new West of Waterlooville catchment.
It is proposed that these four options will be publicised in January and the affected Parish Councils and residents in the wider area will be invited to give feedback by Monday 5th February 2018. After that a further consultation in March will look at approving the preferred option along with potential names for any new or reorganised Councils.
Portfolio Holder for Democratic Services at Winchester City Council, Cllr Stephen Godfrey said: “Winchester City Council is keen to hear from residents close to and within the West of Waterlooville development area to learn more about how residents want governance to work for them. The development will shape the area for many years to come, so this opportunity to influence how the community comes together to make decisions about local matters is really exciting.”
The development site is being developed by Taylor Wimpey PLC and Grainger PLC, is administered by both Winchester City Council and Havant Borough Council, and is due to be completed by 2030.
Final recommendations would be published in June if a formal Reorganisation Order is agreed and approved in June 2018, it will come into effect from 1st April 2019.This arrangement will not directly impact on the new housing areas within Havant Borough Council. However, any residents living within 3 miles of a Parish Council boundary are able to actively participate with the Parish Councils and are welcome to participate in the consultation process.
The consultation will run until midnight of the 5th of February and to find out more visit https://winchester.citizenspace.com/policy/community-governance-review
Consultation dates and locations
Wednesday 24 January, 3.30pm-7pm, Berewood Primary School, Kentidge Way, Waterlooville, PO7 3BE
Saturday 27 January, 10am-2pm, Wellington Vale Care Home, Darnel Road, Waterlooville, PO7 7TY