Dorset Council elections 2019 – cast your vote on 2 May

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 10:51

Dorset goes to the polls on Thursday 2 May 2019 to choose the first representatives of the brand new Dorset Council. Elections to the town and parish councils in the Dorset area are also taking place on the same day.

Local elections are taking place soon

As preparations mount, we want to make sure you have all the information and support you need to cast your vote.

Who can I vote for in the Dorset Council elections?

Not sure who’s standing in your area? Information about Dorset Council candidates is live on

Type in your postcode to find out who your Dorset Council candidates are.

Details of candidates standing in the town and parish elections are also available online.

What ward am I in?

Dorset Council is a brand new council with brand new ward boundaries.

Your ward details are on your poll card but you can find them online too.

Enter your postcode to check your ward details.

Where’s my polling station?

The locations of polling stations have also changed in some areas.

Dorset’s polling station locations are now live on

Anyone can search for their polling station by typing in their postcode.

How do I vote?

The Electoral Commission have produced a video to show people how to vote in the 2019 local elections in England.

If you need any assistance when trying to cast your vote, just speak to the polling station staff who will be happy to help you.

To be able to vote in any election you must be on the electoral register. It’s easy to register to vote online. All you need is 5 minutes and your National Insurance number.

Please note, if you haven’t registered by now you won’t be able to vote in the elections on 2 May.  But if you register to vote by Tuesday 7 May you will be able to take part in the European parliamentary elections.

How can I find out the local election results?

The election count for Dorset Council will take place on Friday 3 May 2019. The count for the town and parish councils will take place on Saturday 4 May.

Results will be published on our Twitter feed and on in real time as they are announced. We will also send a results summary to subscribers of our e-newsletter.

European Parliamentary Elections – Thursday 23 May

Further elections are planned to take place in Dorset on 23 May 2019.  These elections are for the European Parliament and for 14 parish areas in Dorset.

Brexit is causing some uncertainty about whether the European Parliament elections will in fact be held, but we have to work on the premise that they are going ahead.

We received instruction from the Regional Returning Officer to publish the Notice of Election on Friday 12 April and are making preparations to ensure Dorset residents can cast their vote on 23 May, should the UK not have an agreement to leave the European Union by then.

You have until midnight on Tuesday 7 May to register to vote in the elections on 23 May.

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Sturminster Marshall have opportunity to shape future development

Dorset Council News Feed - Wed, 04/24/2019 - 09:35

Dorset Council has approved a request from Sturminster Marshall Parish Council for the designation of a Neighbourhood Area, which is the first formal stage of preparing a plan.

White Mill Bridge in Sturminster Marshall

Residents of Sturminster Marshall now have the opportunity to shape their community through the development of a Neighbourhood Plan for the area.

Call for volunteers

Sturminster Marshall Parish Council and Dorset Council are calling for volunteers to help with the formation of the Neighbourhood Plan.

Those interested in helping with the preparation of the plan can contact Mrs Alison Clothier, Parish Clerk, by email at

Trevor Warrick, Dorset Council Spatial Policy and Implementation Manager , said: “This is a great chance for people who have an interest in Sturminster Marshall to set out future development in the area. I encourage anyone interested in this opportunity to contact the parish council to find out more.”

What is a neighbourhood plan?

Neighbourhood plans were introduced in the Localism Act which passed through Government in 2011.

A neighbourhood plan aims to give residents more control over their local area, when plans for new homes, shops and offices in their town or village are considered.

Once the plan is written, it will be consulted on locally and submitted to the council for independent examination. It will also be subject to a local referendum to make sure it has the support of local people.

More information on Neighbourhood Plans can be found at

Any parish council or parish meeting that might be interested in forming a neighbourhood plan should contact for more information.

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Boy collapses and dies outside Fleetsbridge Tesco supermarket

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 19:56
Police say the 16-year-old's death is not suspicious but want to speak to the man who found him.
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One-Day Cup: Hampshire beat Middlesex by 119 runs as Aiden Markram stars

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 17:40
Hampshire continue their winning start to this season's One-Day Cup as Aiden Markram's 88 helps them overcome Middlesex.
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Offshore oil rig consents 'illegal', charity claims

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 16:52
A wildlife charity seeks a judicial review of the way offshore oil rig applications are handled.
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Bournemouth v Newcastle steward assault case dropped

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 14:33
Newcastle fans spilled on to the pitch at Bournemouth following their side's late equaliser.
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Farmer's fields a 'write off' after illegal rave near Corfe Castle

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 11:34
One field was left "covered with broken glass, human excrement and just detritus," the landowner said.
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Commercial space to let near Corfe Castle

Dorset Council News Feed - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 10:55

Do you dream of running your own coffee shop or tea room?

Space has become available to rent as a café/shop at Norden car park, near Corfe Castle.Following the recent refurbishment of the former office space, offers are invited from interested parties to lease the premises from Dorset Council.

Norden car park sits in a wooded area near Corfe Castle village. Along with a railway station, offering trips to Wareham and Swanage, the Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum is on site, The area is the perfect gateway for cycling and walking, with paths leading to Studland and beyond. The site also hosts a picnic area, play area, cycle hire shop and public toilets. The car park can accommodate 350 vehicles.

The lease will initially be offered for 3 years. The space has a floor area of 16sqm= (172sqf). It is located opposite public toilets and is on the main thoroughfare to the railway station platforms.

As part of the lease agreement you would be required to restock toilet rolls and soap (supplied) in the adjoining public toilets during busy times and report any defects or maintenance issues.

If you are interested in leasing the premises from Dorset Council please email by 9 May 2019.

Expressions of interest should include a contact name, type of business and intended use. You should also state the annual rent you would be prepared to offer for the property. As a guide price the council would expect a minimum of £2,150.40 pa for the property. The successful applicant will be responsible for their own utility bills.

For further details, please contact Bob Lockard, Property and Estates Manager, Dorset Council 01929 557284 or email

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Dorset stroke survivor hopes to inspire others

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 10:25
Paul Lambert had three strokes in 15 months but is not letting it stop him from taking on new physical challenges.
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St George

Dorset BBC News Feed - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 00:03
The legend of the handsome soldier who met a gruesome end and became the patron saint of England.
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Motorcyclist dies in two-vehicle crash near Blandford Forum

Dorset BBC News Feed - Mon, 04/22/2019 - 13:37
A 22-year-old man from Sturminster Newton was pronounced dead at the scene near Blandford Forum.
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Illegal rave on Isle of Purbeck attracts more than 1,000

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 13:34
Police have warned those attending the event that they are trespassing and should leave.
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Backpacker jailed in Thailand for 'picking up phone' returns home

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 13:17
Chris Dodd spent 10 days in a Thai jail after picking up a mobile phone another tourist had dropped outside the airport.
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Crews tackle thatched roof fire and large heath blaze

Dorset BBC News Feed - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 10:52
Fire crews spent the night putting out a fire at a thatched cottage, hours after tackling a large heath blaze.
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One-Day Cup: Tom Alsop leads Hampshire to victory over Glamorgan

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 18:38
England batsman James Vince led the way with a classy 95 as One-Day Cup holders Hampshire cruised to a seven-wicket win over Glamorgan.
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Highcliffe 'zig-zag' path reopens after two years

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 13:13
The "zig-zag" path in Highcliffe was shut in March 2017 over fears it could collapse "without notice".
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Bournemouth v Fulham

Dorset BBC News Feed - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 10:16
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Bournemouth and Fulham.
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Luxon family campaigns for unborn child's rights

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 20:01
Jackie and Tom Luxon want changes to the Road Traffic Act to recognise an unborn infant as a person.
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Cumbria teacher George Carroll jailed for historical sex offences

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 19:16
George Carroll admitted nine counts of indecent assault against three pupils between 1963 and 1972.
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Woman dies in car crash with lorry near Bere Regis

Dorset BBC News Feed - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 17:08
A 79-year-old woman from Shaftesbury died when the car she was driving collided with a lorry.
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