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Community governance review

Middlesbrough Council is carrying out a community governance review to consider future parish council and community council arrangements within the Middlesbrough Council area.

This review will run from 4 January 2022 to 4 January 2023, and will involve two public consultations.

First, we'll run a consultation to gather the ideas of local communities. Then we'll run a second consultation to make firm proposals on future arrangements.

View the terms of reference for this review. You can also read the explanatory note covering key issues and the current arrangements in Middlesbrough.

What is a community governance review?

Principal authorities like Middlesbrough Council are responsible for carrying out community governance reviews.

A community governance review lets the principal council review, put in place, or make changes to community governance systems and structures, for example by creating, merging, changing parish council boundaries, or even abolishing parish councils in the review area.

The process for carrying out a community governance review is set out in the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 and associated guidance published by the Boundary Commission.

Community councils also play an important part in Middlesbrough communities, and while they are not covered by the above legislation, we're also asking for your views on how community councils operate in Middlesbrough.

Why are we consulting?

A community governance review must take account of the views of local people.

We want your views on parish council and community council arrangements in the Middlesbrough Council area, and whether these should change in the future, so Middlesbrough Council can work together to better engage with you and your community. 

This is the first community governance review that Middlesbrough Council has ever carried out, and they are usually only done once every decade, so make sure you have your say!

What are Middlesbrough's current arrangements?

Middlesbrough Council

Middlesbrough Council is the principal authority. It's responsible for providing a wide range of services to the whole town, including education, social care, planning, licensing, and bin collections.

Parish councils

Parish councils represent smaller areas of the town. They are independent of the principal authority (Middlesbrough Council). Parish councillors are elected by local residents, every four years. Parish councils have a number of legal powers, but no formal duties. This means they can focus their efforts on what their community needs most. This can include influencing services and responding to decisions made in or about the area (for example, planning applications).

Parish councils have their own budget. This comes from a precept, which is extra money added onto a resident's Council Tax bill to pay for a parish council's services.

Middlesbrough has two parish councils - Nunthorpe Parish Council and Stainton and Thornton Parish Council.

For more information about the parish councils, you can read the Nunthorpe Parish Council annual report and the Stainton and Thornton chair's report 2020-2021.

Community councils

Community councils are different to parish councils because they are not elected by people in the ward, they do not have any legal powers, and they do not have the power to collect money through a precept. A precept is extra money added onto a resident's Council Tax bill to pay for a parish council's services.

Community councils give local residents the chance to:

  • voice their opinions and concerns about their local area
  • get reports from the police and Middlesbrough Council's street wardens
  • discuss and comment on local planning applications
  • make decisions on small grants to local groups

Almost all of Middlesbrough's electoral wards (19 out of 20) have a community council. Linthorpe does not have a community council. In Central ward, the community council only represents Middlehaven, not the rest of the ward.

Proposed changes to the Nunthorpe Parish Council area

Nunthorpe Parish Council is proposing that its boundary be changed to include 1-29 Yew Tree Grove (TS7 8QX), 11-16 Milan Grove (TS7 0DQ), and all of the Brethrens Meeting Room site (Gypsy Lane, TS7 0EB).


What happens next?

The consultation has now closed. Feedback will be considered by Middlesbrough Council’s Corporate Affairs and Audit Committee in May 2022.

A community governance review will not automatically result in any changes to arrangements within Middlesbrough, but if any are considered necessary then a further consultation on any proposed changes will take place between August and September 2022.

A final decision about any changes would then be made by full Council in January 2023.

If approved, a Reorganisation Order will then be made to put the recommendations into effect in time for the next elections for town and parish councils in May 2023.

The full timetable for the review is as follows:

Stage Action Date
Council Agreement 28 July 2021

Terms of reference published

Stakeholders notified with clear definition of remit of review

4 January 2022
Preliminary Stage Local briefings and meetings (members / parish councils) February 2022 to March 2022
Stage One Initial submissions invited from stakeholders on future arrangements under terms of reference 31 March 2022
Stage Two

Consideration of submissions received 

Draft recommendations prepared 

Draft recommendations to be considered by Council

May 2022 to July 2022
Stage Three

Draft recommendations published for consultation 

Stakeholders notified

August 2022 to September 2022
Stage Four

Consideration of submissions received by Corporate Affairs and Audit Committee

Final recommendations prepared

Final recommendations published, concluding the review

Final recommendations approved by Council and decision made on arrangements with resolution to make a Reorganisation Order

Reorganisation Order made

October 2022 to January 2023
  Orders come into effect at next elections May 2023


Please note, a response will not be provided for individual comments or submissions, but a summary of the comments and responses will be made in the report to the Corporate Affairs and Audit committee.

View the council's consultations privacy notice and equality monitoring privacy notice.

Requests for information should be made via the relevant channels and not using the questionnaire as these are for comments only. Guidance can be found on the Freedom of Information page on this website.