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The Boundary Committee announces proposals for electoral arrangements in Dorset

27th July 2004

The Boundary Committee announces proposals for electoral arrangements in Dorset

27th July 2004

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Final plans for new electoral arrangements in Dorset are being submitted to The Electoral Commission today. The recommendations from The Boundary Committee for England mark the end of a review which began in February 2003. They include changes to division boundaries across the area.

Pamela Gordon, Chair of the Committee said: In January 2004, an eight-week period of public consultation on the draft recommendations began. The responses have lead to some changes to our original proposals. The aim of the review has been to ensure that, as far as possible, one persons vote should have the same value as anothers. The improvements in electoral equality we are recommending today meet that objective without disrupting community interests.

The Electoral Commission is now responsible for deciding the outcome of the Committees recommendations and all further correspondence should be addressed to The Secretary, The Electoral Commission, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2HW.

As part of its final recommendations, the Committee proposes a council size of 45 councillors, an increase of three councillors, representing 42 divisions, an increase of two. We are confirming our draft recommendations as final in the districts and boroughs of Christchurch, East Dorset, North Dorset and Purbeck. The Committee is moving away from its draft recommendations in the following areas:

  • In West Dorset we propose transferring Maiden Newton parish from Beaminster & Maiden Newton division to Three Valleys division and renaming the division Beaminster. The West Cliff area of Symondsbury parish in Marshwood Vale division should transfer to Bridport to reflect community identity and geographical links;
  • In Weymouth & Portland borough, the two-member divisions of Broadwey & Lodmoor and Westham & Weymouth should be replaced by single-member divisions to reflect community identity.

The Committees reports are available on its website at or at council offices and at public libraries. Copies of the reports can also be obtained by writing to The Boundary Committee for England, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2HW.

For further information contact:

Maxine Hoeksma on 020 7271 0531 or Tabitha Cunniffe on 020 7271 0529

Out of Office hours 07789 920 414, Fax: 020 7271 0528


Notes to editors:

1.       PDFs of maps are available on The Boundary Committees website  For copyright permission, contact Ordnance Surveys helpline on 023 8030 5092.

2.       The present review of Dorset began on 4 February 2003. Draft recommendations were published on 13 January 2004 and are also available on the Committees web site at

3.       The Boundary Committee is a statutory committee of The Electoral Commission.