The plans are known as a Community Governance Review. The borough council has put them forward because of the proposal to replace all nine councils in Dorset with two new councils. If this happens, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council would cease to exist in April 2019.
Weymouth would then be virtually the only place in Dorset not covered by a town or parish council. Portland already has a town council.
‘Rapidly changing times’
Speaking about the proposals, Councillor Jeff Cant, Leader of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said:
“We want to hear from as many local people as possible. We want to find out how they want their councils and local services organised in the future. And make sure people understand the funding arrangements for a town council.
“These are rapidly changing times. I’d like to stress that we have not decided anyting yet. We are committed to listening to the views of our community, as we strive to meet the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”
Town council views
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council will hold the consultation over the summer. It focuses on the proposal for the borough council to set up a town council. A second consultation will also take place later in the year.
The council will hold a series of roadshows across the borough during the consultation. These are to raise awareness and encourage people to take part in the consultation. The roadshows will also allow councillors to hear local people’s views.
Any proposal to set up a town council will go through Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s democratic process. After hearing from local people, the borough council will make a final decision at its meeting in February 2018.
People can complete the consultation at www.futureweymouth.co.uk
Copies will also be available at the council’s offices on Commercial Road and local libraries.