Three-council partnership gets further backing

Dorset Echo: West Dorset District Council leader Robert Gould West Dorset District Council leader Robert Gould

MEMBERS of West Dorset District Council’s executive committee have given further backing to plans to explore a three-way council partnership.

Informal talks have already begun surrounding a proposal for North Dorset District Council to join the existing partnership between Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and West Dorset District Council.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s management committee has previously backed a proposal to proceed to formal talks and the recommendation has now been supported by West Dorset District Council’s executive committee.

Councillors were told that a partnership between the three authorities would cover a population of around 230,000 and government funding was available to help the partnership take shape.

Council leader Robert Gould said: “This authority has always been a very forward looking authority.

“Our ground breaking partnership with Weymouth and Portland has obviously been hugely successful.

“This is the direction of travel and I think it is absolutely right that we take advantage of this opportunity.”

Cllr Terry Farmer added: “Standing still is not an option in today’s climate and councils that persist in that culture will fall by the wayside.

“I’m very pleased this is now happening with North Dorset.”

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5:08pm Tue 8 Apr 14

mr commonsense says...

Clr Gould would love this wouldn't he? Just think how much more of our taxes he would get in salary and expenses.
I am in total agreement with the joining together of all 3 Councils but on one condition , were this to happen every Councillor would have to resign, not be allowed to stand again for 10 years and make the new Council totally free of party politics like it used to be in days of yore. Bring back the Ratepayers and Independents.
Clr Gould would love this wouldn't he? Just think how much more of our taxes he would get in salary and expenses. I am in total agreement with the joining together of all 3 Councils but on one condition , were this to happen every Councillor would have to resign, not be allowed to stand again for 10 years and make the new Council totally free of party politics like it used to be in days of yore. Bring back the Ratepayers and Independents. mr commonsense
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9:41pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Sigurd Hoeberth says...

mr commonsense wrote:
Clr Gould would love this wouldn't he? Just think how much more of our taxes he would get in salary and expenses.
I am in total agreement with the joining together of all 3 Councils but on one condition , were this to happen every Councillor would have to resign, not be allowed to stand again for 10 years and make the new Council totally free of party politics like it used to be in days of yore. Bring back the Ratepayers and Independents.
Sounds like a reason for an Ale.....and a pheasant. !
[quote][p][bold]mr commonsense[/bold] wrote: Clr Gould would love this wouldn't he? Just think how much more of our taxes he would get in salary and expenses. I am in total agreement with the joining together of all 3 Councils but on one condition , were this to happen every Councillor would have to resign, not be allowed to stand again for 10 years and make the new Council totally free of party politics like it used to be in days of yore. Bring back the Ratepayers and Independents.[/p][/quote]Sounds like a reason for an Ale.....and a pheasant. ! Sigurd Hoeberth
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10:22am Wed 9 Apr 14

JoeyJo says...

It is the officers, i.e. the workforce, which would combine, as it has with WPBC and WDCC. There are still two councils with the same number of councillors. At the moment there are no proposals to combine councils.
It is the officers, i.e. the workforce, which would combine, as it has with WPBC and WDCC. There are still two councils with the same number of councillors. At the moment there are no proposals to combine councils. JoeyJo
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