OSWESTRY'S councillors will be asked to consider submitting a request for a Community Governance Review and to establish a draft scope at its full town council meeting on Wednesday.

The request comes after an email from Shropshire Council stating its its commitment to consider undertaking Community Governance Reviews throughout Shropshire following the next local elections in a few months time, in relation to boundary reviews.

It also coincides with an email from Oswestry Rural Parish Council expressing frustration at finding out about the town council's desire for a boundary review through press coverage.

Oswestry town clerk, Arren Roberts, has written a report to councillors asking them to consider Shropshire Council's request for 'changes that might be considered to be less controversial in nature'.

Mr Roberts states: "It could be argued that it is difficult to know whether a proposal will be controversial or not without going through a process to establish what the scope of a review will cover.

"However, it is clear from the correspondence with Oswestry Rural Parish Council that they would be prepared to discuss the matter.

"Any changes made are likely to be effective from the date of local government elections which are scheduled to be held in May, 2025 with representations and enquiries registered by March 12, 2021.

"The timing of this request for submissions as Councils head into the pre-election period is not necessarily helpful as it could raise some controversial issues.

"With this in mind, Council are asked to consider whether or not it wishes to request a Community Governance review and respond to Shropshire Council accordingly; the reasons for requesting a review and initial views on the scope and requesting the town clerk to meet with clerks of any parishes, potentially affected, to discuss the matter."

Other items to be discussed at the meeting are further discussions about the improving of skatepark provision in Oswestry, plus committee reports on youth services and Climate Change.

The meeting ID is 830 3949 3013 and starts at 7pm.