Community governance reviews

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Community Governance Reviews cover the following topics:

  • Creating, merging, altering or removing parishes;
  • The naming of parishes and the style of new parishes;
  • The electoral arrangements for parishes (creating a council, the number of councillors to be elected to a council, and parish warding);
  • Consequential matters (the knock-on effects on borough wards, dealing with fixed and monetary assets, resolving issues relating to employees of the existing parishes, and setting a precept for a new parish).

To initiate a review the council would need to receive a valid petition which calls for considerations to be made to a parish area. The petition has to be signed by a specific number of electors within the area being considered for the review.  A review can also be started where the council decides to undertake one without needing to receive a petition. Community Governance Reviews are undertaken in accordance with the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007.

Windsor Town Council

At a meeting of Full Council on Tuesday 28 July 2020, the Royal Borough committed to undertake a community governance review examining the issue of whether a new town council for the currently unparished parts of Windsor should be formed. 

The Terms of Reference outlines how the review will be run and how electors can contribute to the decision-making process.

A timetable for the review is set out below:

Stage one

Activity Date Duration
Publication of the Terms of Reference    28 July 2020 -
Consultation 1 on Terms of Reference 28 July - 28 October 2020 3 Months
Initial meeting(s) of the CGRWG July/August 2020  As required
CGRWG consideration of representations received 28 October 2020 - 26 January 2021 3 Months

Stage 1 Consultation (July - October 2020)

We are interested in hearing views on the following:

  • What is the appetite for creating a new town council for Windsor? Is a parish council needed or desired?
  • Is there a sense of community identity in the review area and should this community be represented by its own parish council?
  • How could a new parish council take shape?
  • Should a new parish council be warded to reflect the communities that exist in the review area? If so, how should these boundaries be drawn? 

See information about the role of a parish council.

The Stage 1 Consultation closed on Wednesday 28 October 2020.

The representations received can be viewed below by category of respondent:

Stage two consultation (March - June 2021)

On Tuesday 2 March 2021, Full Council approved its Draft Recommendations for the review. 

The details of the Draft Recommendations can be viewed below.

The Stage 2 consultation on the Draft Recommendations will run until Wednesday 2 June 2021.

We would like to hear your views in respect of the following questions:

  •  Do you believe the creation of a Windsor Town Council as set out in our draft recommendations delivers effective and convenient local government for the residents of Windsor? Please explain why.
  • Do you support the creation of a Windsor Town Council under the electoral arrangements set out in our draft recommendations? If not, what alternative electoral arrangements would you suggest?
  • Do you support the creation of a Windsor Town Council as an additional layer of local government or do you believe the existing governance arrangements and representation for residents is sufficient? Please provide reasons to substantiate your view.

You can take part in our consultation by providing your comments in our online survey: 

Have your say 

Alternatively, please write to us at Electoral Services, Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1RF or email

Activity Date Duration
Publication of the Draft Recommendations 3 March 2021 -
Consultation 2 on Draft Recommendation 3 March - 2 June 2021 3 Months
CGRWG consideration of representations received 3 March - 30 June 2021 3 Months


Activity Date Duration
Publication of the Final Recommendations July 2021 -
Reorganisation Order made (if applicable) By December 2021 -
Elections to Windsor Town Council (if applicable) 4 May 2023 -

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Electoral services : Contact details

For more information, please contact us by:

Electoral Services - Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Town Hall, St Ives Road
Maidenhead SL6 1RF
Telephone: 01628 683868