Dorset County Council

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Dorset County Council
Coat of arms or logo
Coat of arms
Logo
Council logo
Type
Type
Structure
Seats46 councillors
Length of term
4 years
Elections
First-past-the-post
Last election
4 May 2017
Meeting place
County Hall at Dorchester
County Hall, Dorchester
Website
www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk

Dorset County Council (DCC) was the county council for the county of Dorset in England. It provided the upper tier of local government, below which were district councils, and town and parish councils. The county council had 46 elected councillors and was based at County Hall in Dorchester.[1] The council was abolished on 31 March 2019 as part of structural changes to local government in Dorset.[2]

Responsibilities for services[edit]

Map of Dorset's six shire districts and two unitary authorities. 1-6 were administered by Dorset County Council, but 7 and 8 were the unitary authority areas of Bournemouth and Poole, which were self-governed on local issues; they were considered part of the ceremonial county of Dorset.

Dorset County Council's responsibilities included schools, social care for the elderly and vulnerable, road maintenance, libraries and trading standards.

The county council's area was also administered by six smaller authorities that have their own district or borough councils. The responsibilities of these councils included local planning, council housing, refuse collection, sports and leisure facilities, and street cleaning. The district areas are further divided into civil parishes, which have "parish councils" or "town councils"; the latter of which often use a town hall. Typical activities undertaken by a parish council included maintaining allotments, footpaths, playing fields and the local community or village hall. On some matters, the county council shared responsibilities with the district and parish councils. These included economic development and regeneration, emergency planning, tourism promotion and coastal protection.

No. District Type of council Population (mid-2008 est.) Extent of area (hectares)[3]
1 Weymouth and Portland Borough council 65,000 4,175
2 West Dorset District council 97,200 108,148
3 North Dorset District council 67,900 60,992
4 Purbeck District council 46,000 40,440
5 East Dorset District council 85,900 35,437
6 Christchurch Borough council 45,800 5,040

2019 Structural changes[edit]

Statutory Instruments for local government reorganisation in the ceremonial county of Dorset were made in May 2018. Under the plans, dubbed "Future Dorset", all existing councils within the county would be abolished and replaced by two new unitary authorities. One was formed from the existing unitary authorities of Bournemouth and Poole which will merge with the non-metropolitan district of Christchurch to create a unitary authority to be known as Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council. The other was created from the merger of the existing non-metropolitan districts of Weymouth and Portland, West Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck and East Dorset and was to be known as Dorset Council.[4] The two new authorities came into being on 1 April 2019.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "County Hall". Dorset County Council.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (25 May 2018). "The Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole (Structural Changes) Order 2018". Legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Standard Area Measurements (extent of the realm)" (ZIP). Office for National Statistics. 31 December 2007. Retrieved 9 December 2009.
  4. ^ https://futuredorset.co.uk/

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 50°42′58″N 2°26′26″W / 50.71611°N 2.44056°W / 50.71611; -2.44056 (County Hall)