Views sought for council services review

West Dorset District Council leader Robert Gould

West Dorset District Council leader Robert Gould

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A THREE year review will decide which council services could be scrapped to save money.

People will be asked to share their views as part of the review.

Council chiefs at West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council have agreed to carry out the review to find ways to make 'considerable' savings on top of already saving £3 million by sharing services.

Councillors will seek the views of local people, businesses and other key groups about the future role of the district and borough council.

The review will be known as '2020 Vision - Your Future Council'.

Between 2010/11 and 2015/16, the district council's government grant will reduce by £4 million, while the borough council will see a shortfall or £2.9 million in government funding.

West Dorset District Council Leader Robert Gould said: “Our two authorities are taking a proactive approach and tackling this in a managed way.

"The service reviews will help ensure the councils are able to provide appropriate and affordable services which best meet the future needs of local residents and businesses.”

Cllr Mike Goodman, the borough council's corporate affairs and continuous improvement spokesman, said the three year review will be in-depth and will cover services the council has to provide and those it chooses to provide.

He added: “There will be difficult decisions – some services will stop, others will have to be delivered in significantly different ways.

"The views of the public and other important groups will be critical to getting this right.”

The first reviews will begin in April 2014 with decisions on any changes to services made by each council in the usual way. They will include extensive public consultation.

To see the agreed programme of reviews go to www.dorsetforyou.com/2020vision.

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1:56pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Tinker2 says...

I understand WDDC is no longer to play a part in waste collection. Dorset Council in conjuntion with the Waste Partnership will be dealing with all matters. I wonder then how many other services WDDC could hand over, and if so, what do WDDC do then? Surely the most savings can be made from getting rid of a whole tier of local government administration?
I understand WDDC is no longer to play a part in waste collection. Dorset Council in conjuntion with the Waste Partnership will be dealing with all matters. I wonder then how many other services WDDC could hand over, and if so, what do WDDC do then? Surely the most savings can be made from getting rid of a whole tier of local government administration? Tinker2
  • Score: 2

2:44pm Thu 13 Feb 14

mr commonsense says...

Perhaps the best way of saving money is to get rid of at least 50 percent of councillors, the savings over 3 years would amount to a considerable sum, after all the council is only run by 7 Councillors (the cabinet). Far too many layers of so called democracy.
Perhaps the best way of saving money is to get rid of at least 50 percent of councillors, the savings over 3 years would amount to a considerable sum, after all the council is only run by 7 Councillors (the cabinet). Far too many layers of so called democracy. mr commonsense
  • Score: 4

2:59pm Thu 13 Feb 14

portland rebel says...

thats it cut services, no thought of cutting management and non jobs, just cut the services people need.
thats it cut services, no thought of cutting management and non jobs, just cut the services people need. portland rebel
  • Score: 3

3:35pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Dorset stuff says...

I feel sorry for the folks who work at the district councils, it's chopping time.
I feel sorry for the folks who work at the district councils, it's chopping time. Dorset stuff
  • Score: 1

10:57pm Fri 14 Feb 14

JamesYoung says...

Any time i see Gould's name i shudder. The guy has no idea what seeking views means. He has no interest in what people think. Another land owning rent seeker looking down with contempt at the rest of us.
Any time i see Gould's name i shudder. The guy has no idea what seeking views means. He has no interest in what people think. Another land owning rent seeker looking down with contempt at the rest of us. JamesYoung
  • Score: 0

11:40am Sat 15 Feb 14

John New says...

Cut all funding for the civic mayors for a start. Lovely tradition but non-essential. Then all the entertainment waste round royal visits etc. if they want a sarnie they can get one from the shops and take it in with them like most ordinary people do for meetings. Small savings perhaps but even if it only keeps a single public toilet open that would otherwise be closed we all benefit.
Cut all funding for the civic mayors for a start. Lovely tradition but non-essential. Then all the entertainment waste round royal visits etc. if they want a sarnie they can get one from the shops and take it in with them like most ordinary people do for meetings. Small savings perhaps but even if it only keeps a single public toilet open that would otherwise be closed we all benefit. John New
  • Score: 0

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