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Plans for new 'super council' for east Dorset

Dorset's local authorities considering new super council Credit: ITV Meridian

The local authorities of Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and East Dorset could merge to create a 'super council' under plans being considered.

A new single unitary authority would see all functions undertaken by the existing councils in these areas which it's claimed would see cost savings, more efficient services and reduced management.

If agreed, the new Council would be formed in April 2019, just ahead of the May local elections. It would serve a population of up to 487,000 residents, making it the eighth largest local authority in England.

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New app to report problems in Bournemouth

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Graffiti, potholes, damaged pavements and many other environmental issues can now be reported by Bournemouth residents, using a new app from the borough council.

MyBournemouth is available free on Android, iPhone or Blackberry, to encourage residents to do their bit to improve the town.

The app allows users users to submit a wide range of reports to the council directly through their mobile, 24hours a day. It also lets people submit supporting photo evidence if they wish, and pinpoint the exact location of the issue using Google Maps.