Community governance review

Principal councils can carry out community governance reviews and put in place or make changes to local parish governance arrangements. 

As a principal council, we've started the first stage of this review process and encourage residents and interested organisations to get involved. 

What is a community governance review (CGR)?

A review can take place for whole or part of the borough to consider one or more of the following:

  • creating or abolishing a parish area
  • altering parish boundaries or names to reflect local communities
  • grouping/de-grouping parishes under a common parish council
  • reviewing electoral arrangements (parish council or meeting, the number of councillors, parish wards and boundaries)
  • where a parish hasn't had an election for a long time, reviewing its membership so that it can stay accountable to voters

As a principal council, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council is responsible for: 

  • carrying out the review of parish governance arrangements
  • finalising the terms of reference
  • analysing public consultation responses
  • making draft recommendations during the process
  • making the reorganisation order

There's been a lot of development in the borough and a lot more is planned. We must make sure that this hasn't adversely affected our parishes, and that current arrangements reflect the identities and interests of the community.

CGR terms of reference - Tankersley and Wortley

That a community governance review be carried out by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council under the provisions of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 ('the 2007 Act'). The review shall comply with the legislative requirements, have regard for the associated statutory guidance and will be conducted in accordance with these terms of reference. The review shall be of the community governance needs of the Tankersley Parish Council and Wortley Parish Council areas. It shall have particular regard for the need to secure that community governance within the area under review:

  • reflects the identities and interests of the communities in that area; and
  • is effective and convenient.

When carrying out the community governance review, the Barnsley MBC must also take into account other existing or potential community governance arrangements (other than those relating to parishes) in determining what parish arrangements to recommend. Following the review we shall make recommendations as to:

  • the number of parish councillors that make up Tankersley Parish Council to ensure effective governance
  • the boundary area of Wortley Parish Council to ensure it remains coterminous with the Barnsley Metropolitan Borough

The review shall invite and take account of submissions from all interested parties.

CGR draft recommendations - Tankersley and Wortley

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, under the provisions of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 ('the 2007 Act') consulted on the terms of reference for the review of the community governance needs of the Tankersley Parish Council and Wortley Parish Council areas in May 2022. Following this consultation Barnsley MBC will make the following draft recommendations for amendments to the community governance of the above areas:

  • That the number of members of Tankersley Parish Council be reduced from 11 to nine.
  • That the boundary of Wortley Parish Council to be amended to remove the Oughtibridge Valley housing development

Members of the public and any interested groups are invited to submit their view to This consultation closes on 1 July 2022.

CGR timetable

Action Timeline Outline of action
Publication of the terms of
20 April 2022 Publish notice and notify stakeholders
Stage 1 20 April to 18 May 2022 Initial submissions invited
Stage 2 19 May to 3 June 2022 Consider submissions and prepare draft recommendations
Stage 3 3 June to 1 July 2022 Draft recommendations published and local views sought
Stage 4 4 to 18 July 2022 Feedback from stage 3 considered and final recommendations prepared
Final recommendations 18 July 2022 Final recommendations published
Implementation order To be confirmed once Cabinet and Council meeting dates have been arranged Make re-organisation order