Business and other partners’ reactions to the Secretary of State’s announcement

Reaction to Secretary of State announcement:

“A consistent approach to infrastructure and housing planning will make the county more attractive to businesses wanting to relocate. Businesses also clearly see the operating efficiencies that can be achieved with a streamlined approach to the structure and number of local authorities in the county. The DCCI believes that two councils for Dorset will help to facilitate this and welcomes the Secretary of State’s announcement today.” Ian Girling, Chief Executive, Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry

“With our focus on current and future jobs needs, we equip students to get the jobs they want in growing industries. Working with just two councils to facilitate this will make it easier to match skills to our regional industries.” Diane Grannell, Chief Executive, Bournemouth and Poole College of FE

“The Trust Board fully supports the creation of two new unitary councils in Dorset. We have concluded that this proposal is the best way forward. We look forward to working with the new Council structure in Dorset both during the transition and in the new structures going forward, as part of the Dorset Sustainability and Transformation Programme (STP)”. Debbie Fleming, Chief Executive, Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

“Dorset’s vibrant county economy has a wide range of sectors, from manufacturing, to production, to service industries. Businesses want strong representation for their area and consistent policies – two councils for Dorset will make this happen.” Anthony Woodhouse, Hall & Woodhouse

“The number of separate local authorities in Dorset at present makes partnership working complex – the unification of services such as housing and social care would improve people’s health and well-being. Therefore, the CCG welcomes the government announcement today.” Tim Goodson, Chief Officer, Dorset CCG

“This proposal will help improve things further by helping to plan the housing needs of the type of people who will live and work in Dorset – young families and first time buyers who want to get on the housing ladder instead of the rental sector.” Mandy Williams, Director of Operational Resilience & Risk, Operations and Delivery, Nationwide Building Society