1888– Dorset County Council Formed under the Local Government Act. This governed the administrative county of Dorset which was based on historic county borders.
1974 – Dorset becomes a two-tier non-metropolitan county after a reorganisation of local government. The county border was extended eastwards to incorporate the former Hampshire towns of Bournemouth and Christchurch.
1997 – Bournemouth and Poole both become administrative independent single tier unitary authorities. Although they remain part of the county geographically and for ceremonial purposes. The county council was then based in Dorchester and comprised of six-second-tier districts of: West Dorset, East Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck, Christchurch and Weymouth and Portland.
February 2017 – Proposal of Future Dorset campaign. Campaign for the reform of Dorset local governance into two unitary authorities:
The Dorset Area will involve the rural and coastal areas of Dorset. The plan involves aspirations to provide a centre for business across towns and villages, with sustainable housing growth and to promote Dorset’s cherished countryside and coast
Conurbation Dorset – involving the boroughs of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch, aims to create a “21st Century city by the sea”. This will support investment in skills, research and development with improved transport links to London.
December 2017 – Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, provides his backing for the Future Dorset campaign. The campaign hopes that this will act as a huge boost towards gaining parliamentary approval for the campaign, so they can start the transitional phase in 2018.
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