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How Should West Dorset Be Governed?

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Published at 9:20am 3rd January 2015.


A public meeting's being held next week in Dorchester to discuss how we're governed.

It's at the Corn Exchange on Wednesday night when ideas like changing to a unitary authority instead of districts, like Wiltshire, and how West Dorset's cabinet runs things, are up for discussion.

The 'Public-First' meeting at Dorchester's Corn Exchange at 7pm, Wednesday 7th January is being chaired by Clive Stafford-Smith OBE.  

Spokesman for the organisation, John Grantham, says: ' Probably no-one will be able to predict with real certainty what will emerge from this forum. Commentators have said how unusual a meeting that makes it.

' It's because for the first two-thirds of the meeting Dorset residents will have a chance to comment on two key topics. Firstly, how WDDC currently applies/uses the Cabinet system in local government. Secondly, should WDDC (and DCC) at least be actively investigating the costs/benefits of moving to a Unitary system, removing the middle (District Council) tier, and bringing decision-making, and spending, closer to the public it affects locally?'

Representatives of Conservative, Green, Labour, Lib-Dem and UKIP parties have been invited. The latter four accepted, and as Rt. Hon. Oliver Letwin MP has had to decline, due to a full diary of events in London that day, Council Leader Gould was offered 15 minutes to address the meeting but says he will not be attending, and 5 of his 6 Cabinet colleagues have also so far declined.

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