The 'Local Government Boundary Commission for England' is considering the ward boundaries that have been proposed for the new 'Dorset Council' - the new council that is planned for rural Dorset from 1st April 2019.
In May 2018, Parliament authorised the creation of a new local authority called 'Dorset Council'. The council is planned to replace the existing authorities of East Dorset District Council, North Dorset District Council, Purbeck District Council, West Dorset District Council, and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council on 1st April 2019.
The 'Local Government Boundary Commission for England' (LGCBE) has been carrying out an electoral review of the planned new council to decide the number of councillors that should be elected to the authority as well as the names and boundaries of the council's wards.
The aim of the electoral review is to recommend ward boundaries that will result in each councillor representing approximately the same number of voters. Also the aim is to ensure that the ward boundaries reflect the interests and identities of local communities, as well as promoting effective local government.
To achieve these aims, the LGCBE needs to re-draw ward boundaries across rural Dorset.
The LGCBE has said their final recommendations on the boundaries will be announced on 23rd October 2018.
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