Creation of New Parish Councils

Section 11 of the Local Government and Rating Act 1997 allows a community at the village, neighbourhood, town or similar level beneath a district or borough council to demand its own elected parish or town council. This right only applies to communities within England and outside Greater London. Different systems exist for Scotland and Wales.

Section 11 of the above Act allows any such community within England and outside of Greater London to collect a petition for a new parish or town council and also to define the area that it shall cover. Once the petition meets a certain threshold of registered electors’ signatures, the local district council or unitary authority cannot stop it. The final decision as to whether any community can have its own parish council is down to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

A community must have at least 200 electors before it can have its own elected parish council. If your neighbourhood’s population is beneath this, it may be a good idea to create a new parish with a neighbouring community.

Please see further information and ideas presented in the document from NALC below: