Local government reform, shaping Dorset’s future, responses by 25 October, public consultation
I invited all the parish and town councils in the area I represent as your Dorset County Councillor to a meeting kindly facilitated by the Broadwindsor Group of Parishes at Drimpton Village Hall on Tuesday 11 October to have a discussion about what the local government reform agenda could deliver for more community engagement, whatever the outcome of the current consultation and what it could mean for all communities. What is so important is that you all, with this potential change, have the role and voice for what happens locally particularly in the social care arena, where about two thirds of current Dorset County Council finance is spent, have the information and therefore the ability to assist the direction of service delivery. Social care, across the whole age from young family to those in older age is the most highest spend, yet I don’t think you have enough sight of what this is and the ability to help your communities in ways that can help at a very early stage. I talked about this at the meeting and heard what those also representing you felt, it was a really good discussion and very much helped in seeing the focus on people, families, those in need, a collective responsibility we all have, and can help.
I was delighted that so many parish representatives attended the meeting. Out of all those invited, in the Beaminster area, which was all, were Thorncombe, Blackdown, Drimpton, Broadwindsor, South Perrott, Cheddington, Corscombe, Halstock, Stoke Abbott, Netherbury, Marshwood Vale, Pilsdon, Netherbury, Seaborough and Netherhay. The discussion and therefore action needs to continue no matter what the Shaping Dorset Future consultation concludes. I hope a further meeting will attract those who didn’t attend and perhaps a wider audience. As your County Councillor I will represent everyone but I would so like to hear your views, that is really important to me.