Welcome, this is the Bradpole Parish Council Community Website.
Bradpole Parish Council manages this website to enable readers to be kept up to date with developments and issues facing the Civil Parish of Bradpole, its Council, and its residents.
Do you know the difference between a Civil Parish and an Ecclesiastical Parish? Our Parish Council page will explain this in more detail.
Bradpole Parish Council represents the views of local people, negotiates and influences the decisions which directly affect the community and aims to improve the quality of life for everyone living and working in the area.
We maintain this community website as a relevant source of factual information by regular updating.
Secretary of State Sajid Javid has agreed to support the Future Dorset proposal for unitary councils in Dorset, subject to parliamentary approval.
The new council for “Rural Dorset”, which includes Bradpole Parish, is to be called; DORSET COUNCIL.
It has been proposed that the governance of DORSET COUNCIL should be based upon the “Cabinet and Strong Leader” model.
A “Shadow Council” will be formed in early summer 2018 to work alongside the existing councils with a view to the new DORSET COUNCIL becoming effective from 1st April 2019.
More info from the Dorset Area Joint Committee HERE
Bradpole residents have asked us what would happen to those reserves currently held by West Dorset District Council (WDDC) which would otherwise have been available to be spent in West Dorset. We asked this question on our residents’ behalf and received this reply from WDDC on 31 Jan 2018:
“…All existing Councils would cease on 31st March 2019 and all of their assets and liabilities would be transferred to the new Unitary Council. This would include any reserves held by the Council (WDDC).”
Following the substantial reductions in UK Govt funding for Local Authorities WDDC has stated that it “may in future cease to fund discretionary services”. Bradpole Parish Council understands that if services are needed then they have to be paid for one way or another. It is considered that the description “discretionary services” is inadequate and have asked for a full and detailed list of those services to be made available.
Bradpole Parish Council, along with other local parish & town councils, will be monitoring this process with a series of Parish Liaison meetings facilitated by the Bridport Local Area Partnership (BLAP):