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Further Merger Of Dorset Councils

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8:29am 11th September 2014

There could be a further merger of council services in Dorset.

After the partnership between Weymouth and Portland with West Dorset, North Dorset could also be included.

Each area would still have its own elections, set its own council tax and keep its identity in plans to be discussed this autumn.

Discussions will take place this autumn, and its estimated a possible £6 million could be saved by 2020 if the merger goes ahead.

West Dorset Council leader Robert Gould says Purbeck Council are NOT interested in joining them.

The combined populations of West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland and North Dorset council areas covers 235,000 people, more than half the shire county population.

He denies the link up is another step to axing individual councils in favour of one unitary authority as is the case in Wiltshire.

The tri-authority partnership business case is available on line at and will be considered by councillors this autumn.

Councillors will then vote whether or not to commit at full council meetings in West Dorset (23rd October), North Dorset (31st October) and Weymouth and Portland (6th November).

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