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Monday, 9 May 2016

West Dorset District Council Referendum Results

From Dorset For You

"A total of 16,534 people voted for the option: 'By one or more committees made-up of elected councillors. This would be a change from how the council is run now'. The other option, which attracted 8,811 votes was: 'By a leader who is an elected councillor chosen by a vote of other elected councillors. This is how the council is run now.' The turnout was 32%.

The change to be implemented in May 2017 was outlined at the meeting of West Dorset District Council's Full Council on 11 February 2016. The main changes will be:
*a Strategy Committee will replace the Executive Committee. This committee's size will be decided by the full council, but it could have a larger membership than the current seven
*the new Strategy Committee will also be politically proportionate, which means that seats are allocated in accordance with party size. West Dorset District Council currently has 30 Conservatives and 12 Liberal Democrats".

From The Western Gazette

Public First joy as referendum brings change for West Dorset District Council system - Blackmore Vale Magazine

West Dorset District Council structure shake-up following referendum - BBC News

Dorset For You - Governance changes at West Dorset District Council

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