Have your say on new parish council wards

July 26 2022

PEOPLE are being asked to have their say on how a new parish council for Staple Hill and Mangotsfield will be set up.

South Gloucestershire Council is proposing to divide the new council into four wards, with a total of 13 councillors.

It has drawn up names and boundaries for the wards and is asking for comments on "the number of councillors we are proposing, the internal ward arrangements, the names of the internal wards and any other general comments".

The biggest ward the council is proposing would be known as Mangotsfield ward, with five parish councillors and an electorate of 3,931 voters.

It would cover most of the Mangotsfield area and part of Downend, from Stockwell Close, Springfield Ave and Stanbridge Rd in the north to Charnhill Drive in the south, including Northcote Rd, St James St, Mangotsfield Rd, Gerrish Ave and their surrounding roads.

The second biggest ward would be known as Soundwell ward and have four councillors, with an electorate of 2,803.

It would cover Soundwell Rd south of the railway path and most of the streets around it, including Gloucester Rd, Morley Rd, Gladstone St Hayward Rd and part of Acacia Rd.

The Page ward, with two councillors and 1,544 voters, would include Broad St and roads north and south between West Park Rd and Teewell Ave, Teewell Hill and the roads connecting to it, and the stretch of Park Rd next to Page Park.

Pendennis ward, with two councillors and an electorate of 1,474, would cover Staple Hill High Street and an area north and south of it, including Pendennis Rd, Pleasant Rd, Soundwell Rd and Acacia Rd north of the railway path, Page Rd and Upper Station Rd.

The new parish does not include all of the South Glos Council Staple Hill & Mangotsfield ward: the area between Page Park, Salisbury Rd, North St and Hill House Rd is already part of Downend & Bromley Heath parish.

The council's regulatory committee voted to set up the new council in February, to ensure all areas of South Glos are part of a parish.

But the decision was criticised after a report showed only 274 people – 2.71% of the electorate – had responded to a public consultation on setting up the new parish council.

Of those, only 39% - around 100 people in an area with more than 10,100 voters – had said they were in favour of creating a new parish council, while 49% wanted things left as they are, with another 6% wanting to join a neighbouring parish and 6% expressing no preference.

The latest consultation includes a council statement: "We are not seeking views on whether there is a parish council. This was the phase one consultation, and as that showed enough support for the creation of a new parish council, we are now seeking comments on how the parish council is formed."

Comments need to be made by August 21.

They can be left online at consultations.southglos.gov.uk/StapleHillMangotsfield.

Anyone who is not online can call 01454 868009 for more information or write to Freepost COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE REVIEW.