Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole is a unitary local government district in Dorset, England. It was created on 1 April 2019 from the areas that were previously administered by the unitary authorities of Bournemouth and Poole, and the non-metropolitan district of Christchurch.[2]

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole shown within Dorset
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth West England
Ceremonial countyDorset
Admin HQCounty Gates, BH1 2NF (From 1 October 2020)
Government
  TypeUnitary authority
  Governing bodyBournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council
  ChairDavid Flagg
  LeaderVikki Slade
Area
  Total62.3 sq mi (161.3 km2)
Area rank176th (of 317)
Population
 (mid-2018 est.)
  Total395,784
  Rank12th (of 317)
  Density6,350/sq mi (2,453/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
Postcodes
Area code(s)01202
01425
ISO 3166-2TBD
ONS codeE06000058
Websitewww.bcpcouncil.gov.uk

Background

The new authority was formed as a result of local government reorganisation in the ceremonial county of Dorset. Under the plans, dubbed "Future Dorset", all councils within the county were abolished and replaced by two new unitary authorities. One was formed from the existing unitary authorities of Bournemouth and Poole, which merged with the non-metropolitan district of Christchurch to create the unitary authority to be known as Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. 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 to form a new Dorset authority.[3]

Christchurch Borough Council formally opposed the plans, whilst every other existing authority in Dorset supported the plans.[4] Christchurch Borough Council unsuccessfully challenged the proposals in the High Court.[5]

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council

Statutory instruments for the creation of the new authority were made on behalf of the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on 25 May 2018, and a shadow authority was formed the following day.[6][7]

See also

References

  1. "Introducing your new council" (PDF).
  2. Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (25 May 2018). "The Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole (Structural Changes) Order 2018". legislation.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 2018-05-25. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  3. "Future Dorset - Two new authorities for Dorset". futuredorset.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2018-05-31. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  4. "Council submits alternative to merger". BBC News. 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-11-09. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  5. "Council's merger appeal bid refused". BBC News. 2018-08-10. Archived from the original on 2018-11-09. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  6. "Parliament passes councils merger plan". 25 May 2018 via www.bbc.co.uk.
  7. "Historic day, as Parliamentary process to create new councils concludes - Future Dorset". futuredorset.co.uk.
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