The Dorset Echo would like to apologise for stating in an article published on 18 March that Dorset Council held a “secret” meeting: this was inaccurate.

It is a normal part of council process for meetings, such as the licensing sub-committee meeting on 22 March 2022, to have exempt items on the agenda.  These exclude the public and press for legal reasons.

The vast majority of council meetings are held in public and the dates and agendas of council meetings can be viewed on the Dorset Council website.

This resolution has been reached with the assistance of IPSO.