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Have your say on new council ward boundaries for Dorset

3rd July 2018

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people to comment on plans for council ward boundaries across the new Dorset Council.


In May, the government confirmed that local government in Dorset should change with the county and all other councils replaced by two new councils. In the west of the county, a new Dorset Council has been proposed.


The Commission’s consultation proposes ward boundaries to be used to elect councillors in the new authority. The Commission is asking for local views on the proposals before it finalises them in October. A consultation is taking place at the same time on new ward boundaries for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council which will cover the eastern part of the county.


The consultation runs until 27 August 2018 and is open to anyone who is interested how Dorset will be represented.


The Commission proposes that the council should have 82 councillors in total. The plans propose thirty one-councillor wards, fourteen two-councillor wards and eight three-councillor wards.


The boundaries will come into effect at the first election for the authority in May 2019.


Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “This is a chance for local people to have their say on how they will be represented by the new Dorset Council.


“We want to build wards that make sense to local people and mean something to them. That is why we want to hear as much local evidence as possible before we finalise the plans in October.”


The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the Commission’s website at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk. Hard copies of the Commission’s report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings.



Illustrate your story with a map of the recommendations. High res version available at: http://www.lgbce.org.uk/media/media-resources/south-west/dorset


Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2018


The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible to develop final recommendations. Anyone wishing to make a submission to the Commission should write or email by 27 August 2018.


By post:


The Review Officer (Dorset)

Local Government Boundary Commission for England

1st floor, Windsor House

50 Victoria Street




Email: [email protected]


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For further information contact:

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Key to map:



  1. Avon Heath & Moors Valley
  2. Badbury & Allen Vale
  3. Beacon
  4. Beaminster
  5. Bere Regis & Bovington
  6. Blackmore Vale
  7. Blandford
  8. Bridport
  9. Chalk Valleys
  10. Charminster St Mary's
  11. Chesil Bank
  12. Chickerell
  13. Colehill East
  14. Corfe Mullen
  15. Cranborne & Alderholt
  16. Cranborne Chase
  17. Crossways
  18. Dorchester East
  19. Dorchester West
  20. Eggardon
  21. Ferndown North
  22. Ferndown South
  23. Gillingham
  24. Hill Forts & Upper Tarrants
  25. Isle of Purbeck
  26. Lyme & Charmouth
  27. Lytchett Matravers & Morden
  28. Lytchett Minster & Upton
  29. Marshwood Vale
  30. Portland
  31. Preston & Radipole
  32. Puddletown & Lower Winterborne
  33. Rodwell & Wyke
  34. Shaftesbury Town
  35. Sherborne East
  36. Sherborne Rural
  37. Sherborne West
  38. South West Purbeck
  39. Stalbridge
  40. Sturminster Newton
  41. Swanage
  42. Upwey & Broadwey
  43. Verwood
  44. Wareham
  45. West Moors South
  46. West Parley
  47. Westham
  48. Weymouth Town
  49. Wimborne Minster & Colehill West
  50. Winterborne & Broadmayne
  51. Winterborne North
  52. Yetminster


Notes to editors:


  1. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected, as well as conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structures.
  2. The types of questions the Commission is asking residents at this stage are:
  • Do the proposed wards reflect local communities?
  • How do you think the proposals can be improved whilst maintaining electoral equality?
  • Are the names of the proposed wards right?
  1. Residents have from 3 July 2018 until 27 August 2018 to have their say about where ward boundaries for Dorset Council should be drawn. The Commission will consider all submissions and aims to publish its final recommendations in October 2018. Once the Commission agrees its final recommendations it will lay a draft order in both Houses of Parliament. Parliament will then have 40 days in which to consider the recommendations. If both Houses are satisfied with the recommendations, the draft order will be ‘made’ and the new wards will come into effect at the council elections in May 2019.