Business Event To be Held On Council Shake Up

DCCI  Ian Girling

Published at 6:44am 11th October 2016.

Businesses are being urged to have their say about a proposed shake-up of local council's at a consultation event being held by the Dorset Chamber of Commerce.

Businesses are being urged to have their say about a proposed shake-up of local council's at a consultation event being held by the Dorset Chamber of Commerce.

The DCCI is holding a free session in Weymouth to provide a business prospective on the proposals which could see two super councils created in Dorset.

The event is being held at Weymouth College on Thursday 20th October from 8.80am to 10.30am.

DCCI, the voice of business in Dorset with about 800 members representing more than 37,000 employees, is encouraging firms to give their views.

Chief executives of councils will be at the meetings, which will include presentations about the proposed models and the opportunity for comments and questions.

Ian Girling, chief executive of DCCI, said: "It is important businesses understand the implications of the proposed models and the impact this will have on issues such as business rates, housing, planning, infrastructure and economic development.

"These events are a chance for businesses across the county to find out more and give input from a business perspective about the most significant local government changes for a generation."

Tony Williams, chief executive of Bournemouth Borough Council, on behalf of Dorset chief executives, said: "These proposals offer a great opportunity for a significant reform of the structure of the nine individual local authorities in Dorset.

"The economy is at the heart of this and it is essential businesses are aware of and have the opportunity to inform the debate and put their views forward."

Business owners and director can attend either or both events - called Reshaping Your Councils, Consultation on Unitary Proposals for Dorset - regardless of where their business is based in the county.

The nine councils are Bournemouth Borough Council, Borough of Poole, Christchurch Borough Council, Dorset County Council, East Dorset District Council, North Dorset District Council, Purbeck District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.

Visit www.dcci.co.uk/events-and-training- to register.

Any business which cannot attend is able to have their say at https://news.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/reshapingyourcouncils/

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