Moving Weymouth and Portland Borough Council staff to Dorchester is wrong

Rachel Rogers Labour Councillor for Littlemoor Ward, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council

Rachel Rogers Labour Councillor for Littlemoor Ward, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council

First published in News

I REFER to the story ‘Quay to the future’ (Echo, March 5).

At Tuesday’s meeting of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s management committee the decision was made to move most WPBC staff and functions to Dorchester.

This is yet another example of the many ad hoc, piecemeal, ill-thought-out decisions made by an administration whose sole focus has for several years been short-term cost-cutting.

There has been no public consultation on this matter, which has even been allowed to sidestep the council’s own scrutiny process.

The reality is that, if the proposed move takes place, almost all WPBC staff and influence will move to West Dorset and there will remain virtually no public presence in Weymouth and Portland.

We do not know how much this move will cost or what the long-term impact will be but what we do know is that the council will lose its foothold in the borough, and the town will lose the consequential economic benefit.

The Labour amendment to defer this momentous decision, until it had been properly costed and scrutinised and until the arrival of the new chief executive, was defeated 6-3.

The new chief will be hamstrung by this shoddy, knee-jerk decision.

However, the Tory-led manage-ment committee seems not to care about this because they lack a long-term strategy and are concerned not with future presence or long-term invest-ment but with cutting deeper and deeper into our town.

Rachel Rogers Labour Councillor for Littlemoor Ward, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council

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11:16am Fri 7 Mar 14

Get a grip says...

Dear Cllr Rogers

You know as well as anyone else that W&PBC will end up as no more that a Town Council in less that 3 years time.

Blame whoever you like but you can not turn back the clock.
Dear Cllr Rogers You know as well as anyone else that W&PBC will end up as no more that a Town Council in less that 3 years time. Blame whoever you like but you can not turn back the clock. Get a grip
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11:45am Fri 7 Mar 14

mrgoo says...

Soz Rach, but the whole town thinks the eyesore should be demolished and sold as prime development land - this might cover the hefty mileage claims you all will no doubt claim back from the taxpayer to cover the horrendous journey over the ridgeway! OR stick all of you lot on the park & ride bus and run it from the quay to dorch, subsidized of course!
Soz Rach, but the whole town thinks the eyesore should be demolished and sold as prime development land - this might cover the hefty mileage claims you all will no doubt claim back from the taxpayer to cover the horrendous journey over the ridgeway! OR stick all of you lot on the park & ride bus and run it from the quay to dorch, subsidized of course! mrgoo
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11:49am Fri 7 Mar 14

shy talk says...

If W&PBC ends up as just a Town Council. And like Portlanders who pay a precept to their Town Council. We in Weymouth probably will end up paying a precept as well.
If W&PBC ends up as just a Town Council. And like Portlanders who pay a precept to their Town Council. We in Weymouth probably will end up paying a precept as well. shy talk
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12:31pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Caption Sensible says...

I totally agree with this councillor. You will end up with no political representation in the borough and yet will be paying council tax, effectively, to Dorchester (that is a lot of money).

Keep Weymouth & Portland Borough Council in the borough and taxation with representation.
I totally agree with this councillor. You will end up with no political representation in the borough and yet will be paying council tax, effectively, to Dorchester (that is a lot of money). Keep Weymouth & Portland Borough Council in the borough and taxation with representation. Caption Sensible
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4:12pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Genghis says...

Stuff the current system, town councils and other forms of quango. We need only one local authority, with councillors that will stand up and represent their constituents.
Stuff the current system, town councils and other forms of quango. We need only one local authority, with councillors that will stand up and represent their constituents. Genghis
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4:13pm Fri 7 Mar 14

mr commonsense says...

A typical Labour response. Coming from somebody who basically bankrupted our country her comments are a bit rich. In a small County like Dorset there are already far too many layers of so called democracy and W&PBC should be amalgamated into WDDC and halve the number of Councillors . As some correspondents keep saying it is all a gravy train.
A typical Labour response. Coming from somebody who basically bankrupted our country her comments are a bit rich. In a small County like Dorset there are already far too many layers of so called democracy and W&PBC should be amalgamated into WDDC and halve the number of Councillors . As some correspondents keep saying it is all a gravy train. mr commonsense
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12:05am Sat 8 Mar 14

Tinker2 says...

mr commonsense wrote:
A typical Labour response. Coming from somebody who basically bankrupted our country her comments are a bit rich. In a small County like Dorset there are already far too many layers of so called democracy and W&PBC should be amalgamated into WDDC and halve the number of Councillors . As some correspondents keep saying it is all a gravy train.
Both the WPBC and the WDDC should be abolished in favour of a single unitary authority. It's been done elsewhere to good effect.
[quote][p][bold]mr commonsense[/bold] wrote: A typical Labour response. Coming from somebody who basically bankrupted our country her comments are a bit rich. In a small County like Dorset there are already far too many layers of so called democracy and W&PBC should be amalgamated into WDDC and halve the number of Councillors . As some correspondents keep saying it is all a gravy train.[/p][/quote]Both the WPBC and the WDDC should be abolished in favour of a single unitary authority. It's been done elsewhere to good effect. Tinker2
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7:26am Sat 8 Mar 14

JamesYoung says...

Caption Sensible wrote:
I totally agree with this councillor. You will end up with no political representation in the borough and yet will be paying council tax, effectively, to Dorchester (that is a lot of money).

Keep Weymouth & Portland Borough Council in the borough and taxation with representation.
You normally talk a lot of sense, but on this i really struggle. Firstly, council tax is collected by the council and paid to the government. Secondly there are plenty of towns in West Dorset that are effectively governed from Dorchester and i'm sure the same is true of most local councils across the country. This is a cost saving measure, plain and simple.
[quote][p][bold]Caption Sensible[/bold] wrote: I totally agree with this councillor. You will end up with no political representation in the borough and yet will be paying council tax, effectively, to Dorchester (that is a lot of money). Keep Weymouth & Portland Borough Council in the borough and taxation with representation.[/p][/quote]You normally talk a lot of sense, but on this i really struggle. Firstly, council tax is collected by the council and paid to the government. Secondly there are plenty of towns in West Dorset that are effectively governed from Dorchester and i'm sure the same is true of most local councils across the country. This is a cost saving measure, plain and simple. JamesYoung
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11:18am Sat 8 Mar 14

Caption Sensible says...

JamesYoung wrote:
Caption Sensible wrote:
I totally agree with this councillor. You will end up with no political representation in the borough and yet will be paying council tax, effectively, to Dorchester (that is a lot of money).

Keep Weymouth & Portland Borough Council in the borough and taxation with representation.
You normally talk a lot of sense, but on this i really struggle. Firstly, council tax is collected by the council and paid to the government. Secondly there are plenty of towns in West Dorset that are effectively governed from Dorchester and i'm sure the same is true of most local councils across the country. This is a cost saving measure, plain and simple.
Be that as it may James, but it is most unbecoming that this borough council has to go cap in hand to another council to be given sanctuary. The council (W&PBC) should be ashamed of themselves for allowing things to get so out of control. The irony is of course, the very place just a few months they wished to demolish (the Pavilion), could now become one of a range of council meeting places. The council will effectively become a bunch of travellers.

Weymouth / Melcombe Regis has run its own affairs since the 12th/13th century, this current bunch of losers will oversee its demise. And we the electorate have also assisted in the borough’s demise by consistently voting in a bunch of useless and incompetent idiots, time after time.

It is like watching a real-life version of the film Idiocracy.
[quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Caption Sensible[/bold] wrote: I totally agree with this councillor. You will end up with no political representation in the borough and yet will be paying council tax, effectively, to Dorchester (that is a lot of money). Keep Weymouth & Portland Borough Council in the borough and taxation with representation.[/p][/quote]You normally talk a lot of sense, but on this i really struggle. Firstly, council tax is collected by the council and paid to the government. Secondly there are plenty of towns in West Dorset that are effectively governed from Dorchester and i'm sure the same is true of most local councils across the country. This is a cost saving measure, plain and simple.[/p][/quote]Be that as it may James, but it is most unbecoming that this borough council has to go cap in hand to another council to be given sanctuary. The council (W&PBC) should be ashamed of themselves for allowing things to get so out of control. The irony is of course, the very place just a few months they wished to demolish (the Pavilion), could now become one of a range of council meeting places. The council will effectively become a bunch of travellers. Weymouth / Melcombe Regis has run its own affairs since the 12th/13th century, this current bunch of losers will oversee its demise. And we the electorate have also assisted in the borough’s demise by consistently voting in a bunch of useless and incompetent idiots, time after time. It is like watching a real-life version of the film Idiocracy. Caption Sensible
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5:42pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Rocksalt says...

Sorry, I remain unconvinced that office space is cheaper in Dorchester than in Weymouth. On that basis I fail to see how it can be cost effective to site staff in Dorchester.
Sorry, I remain unconvinced that office space is cheaper in Dorchester than in Weymouth. On that basis I fail to see how it can be cost effective to site staff in Dorchester. Rocksalt
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5:57pm Sat 8 Mar 14

arlbergbahn says...

Caption Sensible wrote:
I totally agree with this councillor. You will end up with no political representation in the borough and yet will be paying council tax, effectively, to Dorchester (that is a lot of money).

Keep Weymouth & Portland Borough Council in the borough and taxation with representation.
What representation? What say do the people of the Republic of Weymouth ('n' Portland) have in what the incompetent crowd of buffoons in the Council does? Does anyone ever get the chance to elect "Officers" or "Executives", who are the ones who make all the (stupid) decisions? All people ever get a chance to vote for is their local councillor, who are usually pretty powerless over what the Officers do. What is remotely democratic about the way Local Government is organised? We'd still have two layers of council, to a greater or lesser degree of incompetence, but at least one layer, and perhaps the worst of all, would be gone.
[quote][p][bold]Caption Sensible[/bold] wrote: I totally agree with this councillor. You will end up with no political representation in the borough and yet will be paying council tax, effectively, to Dorchester (that is a lot of money). Keep Weymouth & Portland Borough Council in the borough and taxation with representation.[/p][/quote]What representation? What say do the people of the Republic of Weymouth ('n' Portland) have in what the incompetent crowd of buffoons in the Council does? Does anyone ever get the chance to elect "Officers" or "Executives", who are the ones who make all the (stupid) decisions? All people ever get a chance to vote for is their local councillor, who are usually pretty powerless over what the Officers do. What is remotely democratic about the way Local Government is organised? We'd still have two layers of council, to a greater or lesser degree of incompetence, but at least one layer, and perhaps the worst of all, would be gone. arlbergbahn
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