Second phase of consultation for the Brockhampton Group Community Governance review is now underway (11 May – 22 June)

A community governance review considers arrangements for parish councils such as creating, merging, altering or abolishing parish councils, changing a parish council’s boundary or the naming of parish councils and their electoral arrangements.

From 13 February to the 6 April, Herefordshire Council conducted a parish wide consultation with the community of Brockhampton Group Parish in connection with their community governance review.

During that consultation, Brockhampton Group Parish Council were seeking to review the number of seats within the group so as to better reflect the number of electors, which would address the issue and strengthen the democratic process.  Following the first phase of consultation, the balance of evidence indicated that there are sufficient grounds to progress to formally proposing to reduce the current number of Parish Council seats from 15 to 10, to better reflect the number of electors within the Brockhampton Group Parish.

You can access and respond to the second phase consultation by going to:

A printable copy of the consultation is available below.  The second phase consultation closes on 22 June.

CGR 2018 Phase 2 Brockhampton Group

Community Governance Review – update from Herefordshire Council

Herefordshire Council is conducting seven targeted community governance reviews over the coming year. I am writing to provide you with information on a Community Governance Review that will be happening in the Brockhampton group parish.

Community governance reviews provide the opportunity for principal councils, in this instance, Herefordshire Council, to review and make changes to community governance within their areas. A central purpose of any community governance review is to ensure that local parish governance arrangements reflect local identities and ensure parish councils can work effectively as the first tier of local government.

It can be helpful to undertake community governance reviews in circumstances such as where there have been changes in population, or in reaction to specific or local new issues. A community governance review looks at the whole or part of an area to consider:

• The creation, merger, alteration or abolition of parishes
• The naming of parishes and the style of new parishes
• The electoral arrangements for parishes, such as the ordinary year of election, council size, wards, and numbers of councillors
• The grouping or de-grouping of parishes

Brockhampton group parish council has put forward its interest in taking part in a community governance review on the basis that it wishes to decrease the number of parish council seats from the current level of 15 down to 10 to better reflect the proportion of parish councillors in relation to the number of local electors.

As part of the community governance review Herefordshire Council is consulting on whether communities and businesses locally agree with this proposed change. In addition, we have prepared a short information sheet that we hope will assist those wishing to take part in this consultation.

I wish to stress that at this stage no decision has been taken on any changes. Herefordshire Council is currently consulting residents in the parishes affected to inform any future proposals. Furthermore, the review will not automatically mean there will be changes. It will, however, see if there is a case for change and what solutions are the right ones to pursue with each individual parish.

The consultation can be found on Herefordshire Council’s website and will be running from 12 February to 23 March. Please see:

Paper copies of the consultation can be made available on request by emailing We would be very interested in receiving your views on the community governance review.

Vacancies on the Parish Council

Join and be an active member of our local community and help us with crime and safety, planning issues, environment, highways and local services.

You must:
• be over 21 and on the electoral register or a resident of the Parish or live within three miles of the Parish as the crow flies or own a business in the Parish
• be able to attend evening meetings every month
• have an interest in local issues
• have a desire to improve the quality of life in the Parish
• be able to represent the views of local people

The position is unpaid and voluntary, but some expenses such as training are paid for by the Parish Council.

For further details contact the Parish Clerk.

Neighbourhood Development Plan – Can you help?

The Parish Council are looking to produce a Neighbourhood Development Plan.  This is a statutory document that will set out a vision for the future of the parishes, along with policies on:

  • where development should go
  • what sort of facilities need to be provided
  • what improvements are needed in the area

The aim is to make Norton, Linton and Brockhampton better places to live, work and visit.

A Steering Group is being formed to develop the plan with representatives from across the group parish and consisting of both parish councillors and members of the public.

If you have an interest in your local area and can spare a few hours or more, please contact the Parish Clerk for further details.

Proposed Community Governance Review for BGPC

Herefordshire Council are proposing to undertake a Community Governance Review which would consider the number of Councillors sitting on Brockhampton Group Parish Council.
Currently there are 15 seats to represent the three Parishes of Norton, Linton and Brockhampton. This is quite a large number for a Parish with such a low population and consequently BGPC have found it difficult to fill all of the available seats.

Herefordshire Council is looking to undertake a full consultation process to take account of the views of local people.  The Council is required to consult the local government electors for the area under review and any other person or body who appears to have an interest in the review and to take the representations that are received into account.  The Council will also identify any other person or body who it feels may have an interest in the review and write to them inviting them to submit their views at both stages of consultation.

Further details can be found in the attached Draft Terms of Reference.

Local school judged “Good”

Ofsted have judged Brockhampton Primary School to be “Good” in all areas following their latest inspection in July.

Placed in “Special Measures” in 2016, Ofsted schedule a maximum of five termly visits to move it out of this lowest category; Brockhampton has achieved it in three and taken only eighteen months to do so.

Inspectors reported that since the previous inspection, “the quality of teaching and learning has improved considerably” and that across the school “teaching is good…pupils make good progress and academic standards at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2 are above average.” They also commented on improvements to attendance, punctuality, subject leadership and that children feel safe with “considerate behaviour the norm.”

The whole school community is naturally delighted with the outcome and are looking forward to moving the school on to even bigger and better things. Visitors are always more than welcome to see the school in action. For further information on the school visit their website.