Entries by Georgia Turner

Judge dismisses legal challenge

A legal challenge against the Secretary of State’s decision to implement the Future Dorset proposal has been dismissed, following a judicial review.  The eight councils unopposed to the plan gave the following reaction: “We are delighted but unsurprised by today’s judgement. “A huge amount of work has already been undertaken, and we are making excellent […]

Historic day, as Parliamentary process to create new councils concludes

Legislation now passed in both Houses of Parliament means that Dorset residents will be served by two brand new unitary councils from April 2019 – Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council, and Dorset Council.  The county’s nine current councils will cease to exist on 31st March 2019. The Leaders of the eight councils who have consented […]

Draft legislation is now online

The draft legislation that will both dissolve the existing councils and create two new unitary authorities is now available to view online: The Dorset (Structural Changes) (Modification of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007) Regulations 2018; and The Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole (Structural Changes) Order 2018   These set out the […]

Legal process to create two new councils begins

The parliamentary process to dissolve Dorset’s existing nine councils and create two brand new unitary authorities got underway, on time, today. (Thursday 29th March 2018). Known as a Structural Change Order (SCO), the legal document that will eventually be approved through both Houses of Parliament has now been officially submitted by the Department for Housing, […]

Sajid Javid’s full statement approving Future Dorset

“My Rt Hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (Sajid Javid) has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement. “On 7 November I told the House that I was minded to implement, subject to Parliamentary approval, the locally-led proposal I had received for improving local government in Dorset, and I […]

Future Dorset Council Leaders give reaction to Secretary of State’s decision

Leader of Bournemouth Borough Council, Cllr John Beesley: “I am extremely pleased that the Secretary of State has acknowledged the strength of the case we collectively made for a new structure of local government in Dorset, and approved the plans submitted to him. One council serving the established urban area of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will […]

Final go-ahead given for two new Dorset councils

In an historic moment for public services in Dorset, the government has given the green light to plans to create two new unitary councils in Dorset. Local Government Minister, Sajid Javid, announced today that he will progress his initial ‘minded to’ decision to create two new unitary authorities in the county, replacing the existing nine […]

Representations to the Secretary of State

All six councils behind the Future Dorset proposal have now made representations to the Secretary of State, reconfirming their support for the proposal, setting out again the strength of the case made and the invalidity of any alternatives, and urging the Secretary of State to make a final decision to approve implementation as soon as […]

Sajid Javid speech praises Future Dorset

Speaking at the County Councils Network earlier this month, Secretary of State Rt Hon Sajid Javid recognised the widespread support for Future Dorset, and reflected on why changes in local government are needed to make it fit better with people’s lives in the 21st century: “I announced that I’m minded to support the plan for […]

Preparing to create two new councils

Two Joint Committees have been set up, based around the two new council areas.  Every Council in Dorset is represented on the Joint Committees, which will take all the key decisions needed locally to create the new councils.  Joint Committee meetings are held in public, and minutes and agendas are published online at the Bournemouth, Christchurch […]