01 April 2019

Dorset Council serving residents from 1st April 2019

Today is the day that Dorset Council goes live and we serve residents across the county as one organisation.
Dorset Council replaces the existing district and borough councils (East Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck, West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland) and Dorset County Council. This brings together almost 5,000 employees, plus colleagues in education, making over 8,000 in total who serve the 375,000 residents in the Dorset Council area.
By moving from six councils to one we can ensure that resources are used where they are needed most, to provide the day-to-day services Dorset residents rely on.
Although it sounds like a big change, you shouldn't notice any major changes to the council services you get. Your bin day will stay the same, you'll be able to park in the same car parks, we'll continue to maintain roads and public spaces as normal, and we’ll still be caring for our most vulnerable people.
Matt Prosser, Dorset Council’s Chief Executive said: “Our first budget protects and invests in frontline services such as education, social care, waste collection and tackling homelessness.
This wouldn’t have been possible without the reorganisation of our councils. We know that some residents are concerned that moving to a single unitary council might mean their local community receives less attention and representation.
I’d like to reassure people that we’re aware of their concerns and addressing this will be a top priority for the new councillors. We’re really excited for the opportunities the new council is bringing to Dorset.”
How to contact us?
You can contact Dorset Council in the same way as before – whether that’s online, by phone, email or in person.
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Join the People’s Panel and help shape council services and plans
We have set up a new People's Panel to help residents have their say. There will be different ways you can get involved including online surveys and focus groups. Submit your details if you would like to join the panel.