Laura Sharman 19 April 2017

Council defers referendum in wake of snap General Election

Plans to hold a referendum on local government reorganisation in Christchurch will be delayed following the announcement of a snap General Election.

The council, which had previously agreed to hold a referendum on plans to create two new unitary authorities in Dorset, said the election could result in changes to cabinet members and government policies on local government going forward.

David McIntosh, chief executive of Christchurch and East Dorset Councils, said: ‘Members are keen to understand the views of Christchurch residents prior to submitting their representation to the secretary of state regarding local government reorganisation in Dorset.

‘However, in light of the announcement to call a General Election, members feel it best to defer the referendum until we have a better understanding of how Government will look following the results of the election on 8 June.’

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