People can hear about the latest stage of the Boundary Commission’s electoral review of Cornwall Council at the Bodmin Community Network Panel meeting on 12 July.
Key to the idea of ‘double devolution’ in Cornwall, where the power in the Unitary Authority, Cornwall Council, is devolved down again to Town and Parish councils, is the Community Network Areas (CNAs). There are 19 CNAs covering the whole of Cornwall, based around groupings of parishes and electoral divisions.
Each CNA has a “Community Network Panel”. These are local forums which operate as partnerships comprising the Cornwall Councillors and representatives from town and parish councils within the CNA. Panel meetings are open to the public.
The Panels are able to invite local organisations and other service providers like the police and health services to join them at their meetings. The Panels are supported by, primarily, the Council’s Communities and Devolution team.
The electoral review is the first to take place in Cornwall since the creation of the unitary council in 2009. It is examining the number of councillors the Council should have, the number and boundaries of future electoral divisions, the number of councillors representing each electoral division and the name of each electoral division. The Boundary Commission is currently proposing that Cornwall Council should have 87 councillors in future, and there’s a chance for local people to share their views. Cornwall Council themselves recommended that we have 99 councillors to represent Cornwall, after an extensive in house consultation. They are proceeding to draw up new boundary lines based on both propositions. Any changes will not come into effect until the 2021 Cornwall Council elections.
Donna Latham from Cornwall Council will also be on hand at Bodmin to update the panel on the expansion of the household recycling scheme in North Cornwall to include plastic pots, tubs and trays. Collections will start in the Bodmin area in September.
As this is the annual general meeting, the panel will also elect a chair for the next 12 months and set its priorities for the area with a view to influencing Cornwall-wide strategies, local service delivery and local projects.
Bodmin Community Network Panel meets quarterly to discuss matters that affect the local area and to agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and partners such as the police and health services. Some of the areas that community networks focus on include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, transport and highway issues.
Bodmin Community Network Panel includes all four Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the seven parishes in the community network: Blisland, Bodmin, Cardinham, Helland, Lanhydrock, Lanivet and Withiel.
The meeting takes place on Wednesday 12 July from 7pm to 9pm in Room 2, Chy Trevail, Beacon Technology Park, Bodmin. The agenda and more information about the panel are available on our Bodmin Community Network page.