Community governance review - next steps
Find out about Swindon parishes
Residents in all areas of Swindon Borough will be in a parished area from 1st April 2017
The Council decided in November 2016 to create four new parishes in Swindon, which means that 64,000 properties are now in a parished area for the first time. Parish councils are already well-established in other areas of the Borough and have provided local services for the residents there for many years. The four new parishes are West Swindon, Central Swindon North, and Central Swindon South, all of which are in previously unparished areas, while a new St Andrews Parish has been created from part of the current Blunsdon St Andrew Parish. In addition, the existing Parish of Nythe has been extended to include Eldene and Liden.
You can find out which parished area you live in by using the postcode checker below:
Alternatively, you can view a map of the parish council boundaries below:
If you are in one of the newly parish areas you can find a list of shadow parish councillors on the following pages, which will be updated with further information when available :
You can find out more about parish councils in the following document Parish Council Information (PDF).
The decision to Parish previously unparished areas of the Borough followed a year-long Community Governance Review process which involved extensive engagement and formal consultation with residents and parish councils. One of the reasons for the review was to enable community empowerment, and allow Swindon Borough Council to devolve powers to neighbourhood level and extend localism. Existing Parish councils are already successfully providing or taking on services including street cleaning, the removal of low-level graffiti and fly-tipping, grounds and play area maintenance and litter bin emptying.
Details about the background to the Council’s decision can be found in the papers from the Council meeting held on 10 November 2016 (Item 6, Appendices 1-5)
Further to the completion of the Community Governance review, Swindon Borough Council has now made an Order giving effect to the review. The Order and associated maps are on deposit at: Civic Offices, Euclid Street, Swindon. SN1 2JH.
What is happening now?
In each of the new parishes, a shadow parish council has been formed. This is made up largely of Swindon Borough Council ward members from each area. The shadow parish councils are responsible for deciding which services they wish to provide in each of their areas, setting their budget and the resulting precept, and putting in place arrangements for services to be provided from 1st April 2017, including the appointment of staff and the letting of contracts. Work is currently underway with Swindon Borough Council staff to make these arrangements.
The new parishes will be created with effect from 1st April 2017.
Parish council elections
On 4 May 2017, elections will be held to elect new parish councillors in the newly parished areas.The statutory minimum number of parish councillors for each area is five - there is no maximum number. The number of parish councillors in existing parishes in Swindon range from 5 to 23.
Anyone who is interested in becoming a parish councillor can find information about what is required on the how to become a councillor webpage. Prospective candidates should contact the election office from 1 March 2017 for a nomination pack. All nominations must be received by the close of nominations on Tuesday, 4 April 2017 at 4.00pm.
Anyone wishing to vote but cannot get to a polling station on 4 May can request a postal vote.
There are three ways to apply:
Applications must be received by Tuesday, 18 April 2017 at 5.00pm to be effective for any elections on Thursday, 4 May 2017.