Weymouth Town Council
A new town council for Weymouth is being set up as part of the plans for local government reorganisation in Dorset. Once the borough council ceases to exist in April 2018, Weymouth would be the only area in Dorset without a town or parish council.
Two rounds of public consultation took place as part of a Community Governance Review between March 2017 and February 2018.
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council agreed to set up a new parish council for Weymouth on 22 February 2018. This was in anticipation of the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government deciding to support the plans to reorganise local government in Dorset. The Secretary of State’s decision was announced a few days later on 26 February.
Setting up the new council
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council approved the first Order to create the new town council at a special Full Council meeting on 28 June 2018. This Order set the warding arrangements and councillor numbers. There will be 29 town councillors covering the same wards in Weymouth as the current borough council.
A second Order will look at transferring assets and functions from the borough council to the new town council in detail. This is due to be considered by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council in January 2019.
In the meantime, work is taking place to decide which assets and functions will be allocated and transferred to the town councils and which will go to Dorset Council.
Work is also underway to agree a budget, develop and agree governance arrangements and a new staffing arrangement for the new town council.
A town clerk has been appointed and a shadow Weymouth Town Council has been set up to support this process. The first meeting of the shadow town council took place on October 18 2018.
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