Dorset Council is the local authority for the Dorset unitary authority, England. It was created on 1 April 2019 to administer most of the area formerly administered by Dorset County Council, which was previously subdivided into the districts of Weymouth and Portland, West Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck, and East Dorset.
|Founded||1 April 2019|
|Preceded by||Weymouth and Portland|
Dorset County Council
Chair of the Council
Cllr Hilary Cox, Conservative
since 1st April 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Spencer Flower, Conservative
since 16th May 2019
since 1st October 2018
|First past the post|
|2 May 2019|
|2 May 2024|
|County Hall, Dorchester|
Statutory Instruments for local government reorganisation in the ceremonial county of Dorset were made in May 2018. Under the plans, dubbed "Future Dorset", all existing councils within the county were to be abolished and replaced by two new unitary authorities. One was formed from the unitary authorities of Bournemouth and Poole which merged with the non-metropolitan district of Christchurch to create a unitary authority known as Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council. The other, Dorset Council, was created from most of the area administered by Dorset County Council (apart from Christchurch) and the non-metropolitan districts of Weymouth and Portland, West Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck and East Dorset.
Statutory instruments for the creation of the new authority were made on behalf of the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on 25 May 2018, and a shadow authority was formed the following day.
The Shadow Dorset Council consisted of all elected councillors from Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, West Dorset District Council, North Dorset District Council, East Dorset District Council, Purbeck District Council and all councillors from Dorset County Council with the exception of the five that were elected from divisions within Christchurch.
Dorset Council may refer to:
Dorset Council (UK), local government area in England
Dorset Council (Australia), local government area in Tasmania, Australia