Disappointment over Boundary Changes on Purbeck
9:40am 21st January 2013
Electoral boundary changes in Purbeck have been given the go ahead by central government, much to the frustration of residents and local councillors.
Despite many objections and a last minute plea from South Dorset MP, Richard Drax, four rural wards will be combined with into a new 3-councillor semi urban Wool ward.
The rural wards involved in the boundary change are: Moreton, Affpuddle and Turnerspuddle, East Holme and East Stoke.
They will now form what was described by Drax as a 'superward' where three councillors will represent the five parish collective.
Deputy Leader Barry Quinn said: "On behalf of Purbeck District Council and the residents of Purbeck, I am extremely frustrated that the views of local people, who obviously know the area, were not taken into account."
Objectors of the merge feared community identities would disappear and residents would no longer know who their councillor is.
The new boundary arrangement first proposed by the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England will come into force in 2015.