1. Publication of these terms of reference formally begins the review, which must then be completed within twelve months.

Phase Action/stage of process Proposed dates
Preperation Consultation on draft terms of reference; preparation of maps, electorate forecasts, consultation materials etc. Wednesday 21 November 2018 to 31 December 2018
Preperation Publication of terms of reference By Monday 14 January 2019 (formal start of review)
First stage consultation Initial submissions invited: publicity campaign, meetings etc. Monday 14 January 2019 to Friday 15 March 2019
First stage consultation Deadline for initial submissions Friday 15 March 2019
First stage consultation Consideration of initial submissions/preparation of draft recommendations Monday 18 March 2019 to Friday 21 June 2019
First stage consultation Council to agree draft recommendations and process for second stage consultation Thursday 18 July 2019
Second stage consultation Preparation of consultation material/programme July/August 2019
Second stage consultation Formal publication of draft recommendations and launch of second phase consultation Monday 2 September 2019
Second stage consultation Submissions invited on draft recommendations: publicity campaign, meetings etc Monday 2 September 2019 to Friday 25 October 2019
Second stage consultation Deadline for second stage consultation responses Friday 25 October 2019
Second stage consultation Consideration of responses to second stage consultation/preparation of final recommendations. Monday 28 October 2019 to Friday 8 November 2019
Second stage consultation Community Governance Review Working Party to meet to consider consultation responses Monday 6 January 2020
Decisions and implementation Publication of final recommendations Monday 23 December 2019 (formal end of review)
Decisions and implementation Cabinet to consider final recommendations and make recommendation to Council Tuesday 7 January 2020
Decisions and implementation Council to decide whether to give effect to the final recommendations/make any Reorganisation Order. Thursday 9 January 2020
Decisions and implementation Revised electoral register published 1 December 2019 (or 1 February 2020 if any amendments required to polling districts, wards)
Decisions and implementation Order takes effect - implementation of any changes for financial and administrative purposes. No later than 1 April 2020
Decisions and implementation Elections to new town or parish councils (if any). 7 May 2020 (term of office would run until May 2023)