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241.

Declarations of Interest by Members

Members are reminded that any disclosable pecuniary interests must be declared including any issues which may arise through pre-determination or bias.

Pro forma for this purpose are available from the Members' Room.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest received on this occasion.

 

Prior to apologies

 

Mrs Riche Webber

 

242.

Local Government Reorganisation in Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole pdf icon PDF 67 KB

    To receive the result of the Christchurch Local Poll and to consider making a suitable representation to the Secretary of State

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Leader of the Council submitted a report, a copy of which had been circulated to each Member and a copy of which appears as Appendix 'A' to these Minutes in the Minute Book.

    Members were advised of the result of the Christchurch Local Poll and were requested to consider making a suitable representation to the Secretary of State.

    The Leader advised Members that of the 21,000 ballot papers returned to this Council, 17676 did not support Christchurch Borough Council joining with Bournemouth and Poole Borough Councils.

    Councillor D C Jones proposed an amendment to the recommendation (as set out below); this was seconded by Councillor Mrs M Phipps.

    RESOLVED that this Council having considered the result of the Local Poll concluded on 14 December 2017:-

    (a)            Notes that 84% of electors participating in the poll voted against Christchurch joining a Unitary Authority with Bournemouth and Poole;

    (b)            Approves the Draft Representation to the Secretary of State setting out an alternative proposal that the Boroughs of Bournemouth and Poole become a single Unitary Authority and that the rest of Dorset remain as a 2 tier structure, but amends the Draft Representation by the insertion of the material attached as Appendix A as part of the Executive Summary at section 1;

    (c)            Requests the Secretary of State to allow the Council sufficient time to put forward this alternative proposal with fully developed supporting documentation to include a business case;

    (d)            the Council takes legal advice (within an initial budget of £15,000) and if necessary initiate legal proceedings, following further Council approval, to protect the interests of Christchurch Council and its residents in this process;

    (e)            Requires with immediate effect the Chief Executive to notify the Leader of all contact, with the DCLG over LGR, verbal or written, on the part of himself or any Strategic Director or Head of Service, and to seek the approval of the Leader before any response is sent on behalf of the Council to any request from DCLG;

    (f)              Resolves that should the Secretary of State announce a final decision to put forward a draft Order to implement Option 2(b), to oppose the passage of the Order through all appropriate means and strongly support our MP in any action designed to prevent the frustration of the democratically-expressed wishes of the people of Christchurch; and

    (g)            Notes that Opinion Research Services concluded, based on their “representative” household survey of 459 people, that 64% of Christchurch residents supported Option 2(b), whereas the results of the Local Poll showed that 84% did not support this Option, and the Leader write to ORS expressing this Council’s serious about the credibility of the consultation which they carried out across Dorset in 2016.

    Members comprehensively discussed the report and the proposed amendments to the recommendation; in particular the following areas:

    -           Members questioned the amount of extra time which the Council would be asking for, and were advised that ‘sufficient time was being requested’ with the exact time required being established with  ...  view the full minutes text for item 242.

 

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