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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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Union representatives give speeches at march

Protesters assemble to hear speeches from Union representatives Credit: ITV News West Country

On Thursday [14th] Dorset County Councillors will be voting on whether to cut a further £11 million pounds from their budget during 2013/14.

The Trades Council has organised a public a march from Poundbury to the new council offices at West Dorset District Council, protesting against the cuts.