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UDC completes governance review of parishes

Uttlesford District Council (UDC) has completed a review of how local parishes are set up and has implemented some changes.

There are 55 parishes in the district, of which 51 have their own governance body - a town or parish council. They are the first tier of local government and play a vital role in engaging residents and helping to shape their communities.

UDC is responsible for ensuring that the governance arrangements at parish level is effective and meeting the needs of the community. The authority carried out a review last year which included two rounds of public consultation.

As a result of the review, changes have been made in some parishes. These are:

  • A name change for Elmdon & Wenden Lofts Parish Council to 'Elmdon, Duddenhoe End and Wenden Lofts Parish Council' to reflect the distinctive areas that make up the parish.
  • Revised parish boundaries between Henham and Elsenham and between Little Chesterford and Great Chesterford. This does not affect any properties but has been agreed by the affected parishes to accommodate housing development.
  • A reduction in the number of parish councillors in Chrishall (seven) and Clavering (nine) parish councils, and revised warding arrangements/distribution of councillors for Saffron Walden Town Council. These changes will not take effect until the next scheduled elections in May 2023.

For more information about the community governance review, visit

25 March 2022