Poole council has rejected a bid for a referendum but has voted in favour of a union with Bournemouth and Christchurch authorities.
Bournemouth and Christchurch are due to confirm their position when they meet to debate the issue in the coming days; Poole has been against the merger in previous years.
Members voted 27 in favour and 12 against the plans to form a new unitary authority with the other two towns. The ‘super council’ plans would also see the nine local authorities in East Dorset combine to create one singular authority.
Liberal Democrat councillor, Philip Eades, has proposed that after that all the councils have made their decisions later this month the final plan should be put to Poole residents in a referendum before being submitted to the Department of Communities and Local Government.
The merger to create a local authority has caused a debate about the future of Poole’s Council tax between councillors.
Cllr Mark Howell, of Poole People, said the proposals will result in a council tax rise of 3.99 per cent per year for 20 years for Poole residents.
However, cabinet member Cllr May Haines insists that the borough would “still have to put council tax up by 3.99 per cent” if there was no change.
Bournemouth council’s cabinet is due to debate the plans tomorrow at 10.30am. A final decision from both Bournemouth and Christchurch’s members will be made on Tuesday next week, January 31.
Watch some of the councillors reactions to the meeting below: