Wessex Regional Flood and Coastal Committee Variation of Membership

Closed 15 Jun 2018

Opened 4 May 2018

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Plans to devolve Dorset's 9 councils to create 2 unitary authorities have been approved by the Secretary of State for Local Government. Eight of the county's local authorities voted to support the proposal, but it was opposed by Christchurch council. The decision is subject to parliamentary approval and the new structure, aimed at saving £108m over 6 years, will come into effect in April 2019. Under the plans, Bournemouth Borough Council, Poole Borough Council and Christchurch District Council would merge, and the second council would be formed from East Dorset District Council, North Dorset District Council, Purbeck District Council, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and West Dorset District Council.

The Wessex Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (WRFCC) membership includes representation from each of Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council and Poole Borough Council. This membership was signed off by the Secretary of State in 2011. Due to the changes in Dorset, this membership will need to be varied before 1 December 2018 to represent the new councils in order that a levy can be issued for the Wessex area in 2019, as per the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee Regulations 2011.

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Why your views matter

The Regional Flood and Coastal Committee Regulations 2011 stipulates a statutory 6 week consultation period in order to vary the composition of a Regional Flood and Coastal Committee.

This consultation is an opportunity for you to provide your comments on our proposed scheme of membership.

We will collate all responses received and evaluate whether any changes need to be made to the proposed approach before submitting this to the WRFCC, Environment Agency Board and Minister.


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