Frequently asked questions
Why does the boundary need to be reviewed?
As communities change over time, government guidance advises a review of town and parish governance every 10-15 years, to ensure the arrangements are fit for purpose. The last was done before Cheshire East Council was created in 2009.
How will the proposed changes affect my Council Tax?
Rates for your Council Tax paid to Cheshire East Council are set at a borough-wide level and therefore, any change in parish boundaries will not affect this proportion of your Council Tax. Parish Councils set their own precept each year to meet their budget requirements. The charge is divided between every household according to what council tax property band the property is in. If the number of households decreases and the total precept stayed the same, then it would mean a council tax increase for the houses remaining.
Whilst we cannot make a prediction on future expenditure for a Parish or Town Council, under the current proposal, the new Shavington Parish Council would need to substantially cut its budget or services to keep the precept at the current level per property, or if it kept the same level of services it would need to increase the precept accordingly.
Will it affect the Shavington- cum-Gresty Neighbourhood Plan and housing numbers?
At this time, we have not been advised of whether the boundary change will affect the Neighbourhood Plan or the housing requirement for the areas within the parish. The current Local Plan runs until 2030 and Cheshire East Council will be looking for new sites to allocate for building in time for the new Local Plan. If the boundaries change, it would be logical that it would then be reflected in the new Local Plan and housing requirements.
Will I get a new postcode?
No. Postcodes are assigned by Royal Mail rather than the Council. Your postcode will be unaffected.