Timeline

This timeline shows the timescales that Dorset’s councils are working towards.

30 August - 25 October 2016Consultation and engagement with residents and stakeholders over future options for local government in Dorset.
December 2016The Leaders of each of the nine Dorset councils consider the responses to the public consultation alongside the financial and business case for each unitary option.
January 2017Dorset’s councils agree final approach, to either:
— Not pursue any of the three options to restructure local government in Dorset from nine to two councils, or
— Submit a business case to Government about the creation of new unitary councils for Dorset.
5 January 2017Borough of Poole Overview & Scrutiny Committee, 7pm, Civic Centre Poole
9 January 2017Bournemouth Borough Council Overview & Scrutiny, 5pm, Town Hall Bournemouth
10 January 2017Borough of Poole Cabinet, 7pm, Civic Centre Poole
10 January 2017West Dorset District Council Overview & Scrutiny Committee, 2.15pm, South Walks House Dorchester
10 January 2017Christchurch Borough Council Scrutiny & Policy Overview Committee, 6pm, Civic Offices Christchurch
11 January 2017Dorset County Council People & Communities Overview & Scrutiny Committee, 10am, County Hall Dorchester
11 January 2017North Dorset District Council Overview & Scrutiny Committee, 2pm, Nordon Blandford
12 January 2017Weymouth and Portland Borough Council Scrutiny & Performance Committee, 6.30pm, Commercial Road Offices Weymouth
12 January 2017East Dorset Scrutiny and Policy Development Committee, 6.30pm, Furzehill Wimborne
16 January 2017West Dorset District Council Executive Committee, 2.15pm, South Walks House Dorchester
16 January 2017(Adjourned from 10 Jan) Christchurch Borough Council Overview and Scrutiny Committee, 6pm, Council Chamber, Civic Offices, Christchurch
17 January 2017Weymouth and Portland Borough Council Management Committee, 9.30am, Commercial Road Offices Weymouth
23 January 2017North Dorset District Council Cabinet, 2pm, Nordon Blandford
24 January 2017Borough of Poole - Full Council, 7pm, Poole Civic Centre
25 January 2017East Dorset District Council Cabinet, 6.30pm, Furzehill Wimborne
25 January 2017Bournemouth Borough Council Cabinet, 10.30am, Town Hall Bournemouth
26 January 2017Dorset County Council - Full Council, 10am, County Hall Dorchester
26 January 2017West Dorset District Council - Full Council, 2.15pm, South Walks House Dorchester
26 January 2017Weymouth and Portland Borough Council - Full Council, 7pm, Commercial Road Offices
26 January 2017Christchurch Borough Council Policy & Resources, 6pm, Civic Offices Christchurch
27 January 2017North Dorset District Council - Full Council, 10am, Nordon Blandford
30 January 2017East Dorset District Council - Full Council, 6.30pm, Furzehill Wimborne
31 January 2017Christchurch Borough Council - Full Council, 6pm, Civic Offices Christchurch
31 January 2017Bournemouth Borough Council - Full Council, 7pm, Town Hall Bournemouth
31 January 2017Purbeck District Council - Full Council, 7pm, Westport House Wareham
February 2017If a decision to move forward with new councils is taken, Dorset’s proposal submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
Later in 2017Legislation would go through Parliament to change Dorset’s council structure.
2018Formation of interim arrangements, preparing to deliver services.
April 2019New councils would take responsibility for delivering services.
May 2019Councillors elected to the new local authorities.