HC Deb 14 September 2004 vol 424 cc1524-5W
Mr. Drew

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many ballots there have been to set up(a) parish and (b) town councils in each of the last three years; and what the result was in each case. [188310]

Mr. Raynsford

In accordance with the provisions set out in the Local Government and Rating Act 1997, the Secretary of State, my right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister may by Order create parish and town councils following petitions from electors in the area of the proposed parish which are presented to principal local authorities. Where parishes are created, they come into existence on the l April of the year following the Order being made. The following table shows for each year since 1 April 2000 the outcome of petitions received from principal local authorities in that year or before.

Principal authority Area (s) which petitioned for parish status Outcome
North West Leicestershire District
Council Ellistown and Battleflat One new parish created
Stockport MBC Offerton Estate One new parish created
Warwick Royal Leamington Spa One new parish created
Total 10 parishes created
North East Lincolnshire Great Coates One new parish created
Wear Valley West Auckland One new parish created
Total Two prishes created
Bedford Brickhill One new parish created
Bradford Clayton Four new parishes created
Sandy Lane
Leeds Drighlington Three new parishes created
Sefton Formby One new parish created
Shepway Folkestone Two new parishes created
Total 11 parishes created
Fylde Saint Anne's on the Sea One new parish created
Total so far 1 parish created

Mr. Drew

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what opportunities there will be for parish and town councils in his 10-year vision for local government. [188316]

Mr. Raynsford

The vision for local government sees an important role for citizen engagement and participation so that they have greater influence over the delivery of public services. There are a variety of possible models to give communities a stronger voice at local level, one of which is through parish and town councils. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister intends to issue a discussion document looking at the issue of citizen engagement, including the role of parish and town councils, later this year.