109Power of council for a group of communities to apply for an order dissolving the group
After section 27H of the Local Government Act 1972 insert the following—
“27IPower of council for a group of communities to apply for an order dissolving the group
(1)This section sets out the conditions that must be met before an application may be made by a council for a group of communities to the principal council in whose area the communities lie for an order under section 27J below dissolving the group.
(2)The first condition is that a community meeting of each of the communities in the group has taken an effective decision to hold a poll on a proposal to dissolve the group.
(3)For the purposes of the first condition a decision is only effective if not less than—
(a)30% of the local government electors for the community, or
(b)300 of the electors (if 30% of the electors exceeds 300 electors),
are present and voting at the community meeting.
(4)The second condition is that no poll is held before the end of the period of 42 days beginning with the day on which the decision to hold the poll was taken.
(5)The third condition is that no poll is held within two years of an earlier poll which resulted in a rejection of a proposal to dissolve the group (that period of two years beginning with the day on which the earlier poll was held).
(6)The fourth condition is that at least two thirds of those voting in each poll support the proposal to dissolve the group.
(7)Paragraph 34 of Schedule 12 to this Act (voting at community meetings) shall have effect subject to the provisions of this section.”.