Public Consultation Documents

Dorset Health Care Clinical Review

Click here to go to their website where you can read the review and have your say.


Dear resident
I have launched my consultation on whether the policing element of Council Tax should be raised in Dorset. In the last five years, Dorset Police’s budget has been cut by £19m in real terms by central Government and will continue to be cut by £1m every year for the next three years.

The Chief Constable has formally requested that I raise the precept to allow the Force to meet the challenges facing policing. A maximum rise of £3.80 per year in Council Tax would generate £1.07m income, meaning we would have roughly the same amount of money as this year, taking into account our ongoing government cuts.

Last year, over 4,000 residents responded to the consultation with 82% supporting a rise. This money was invested in:
* Employing extra investigators dedicated to investigating child abuse and protecting vulnerable children.
* Helping to create a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub with partners such as councils and the NHS, to increase joined-up working to protect vulnerable people.
* Increasing the number of officers in the cybercrime intelligence and investigation team, and enhancing the software available to them to identify sexual and violent offenders.
* Recruitment of a dedicated cyber-crime prevention officer to educate businesses and residents on staying safe online.
* Relaunching the Dorset Police website to make it easier to access information, interact with local Neighbourhood Policing Teams and to report crime online.

If Council tax were to be raised in 2017/18, this would be invested in:
* Protecting adults at risk of harm: Including enhancing our ability to prevent and investigate abuse of older people, which is a trend in Dorset and nationally.
* Improving our response to common, non-emergency types of crime: Investing in Appointment Cars to visit victims and take details at prearranged times.
* Continue to embrace new technology: Including further enhancements to Dorset Police’s website, such as the ability to make payments online rather than by post.
I would welcome your feedback on this important topic and hope you are able to spare a few minutes to share your views. Please click here to be taken to the survey. Thank you for your support.

Martyn Underhill
Dorset Police & Crime Commissioner

Message sent by
Kristian Ward (Digital Engagement Officer, Communications and Engagement, Dorset Police)

Clinical Services review - Public consultation

Between Dec-Feb the PPG Chairs and CCG will be writing a weekly column for the Blackmore Vale Magazine to raise awareness of the public consultation and to promote local events where people can find out more & have their say.

Two key dates:
• Thursday 15th December; Drop In event, Digby Hall, Sherborne, 2pm-8pm
• Tues 10th January; Drop In event, Shaftesbury School, 5pm-8pm

There will also be Pop-Up events in Blandford, Sturminster and Gillingham - details to be confirmed a.s.a.p. Our PPGs are considering how they can best promote the consultation to local people.

Finally, the Consultation Document is available online along with lots of information about the Review and the potential implications of its proposals for North Dorset at .

You can pick up a leaflet in the surgery with all the information or as above please visit the website -

Concessionary Pass Scheme

Dorset County Council are carrying out a survey to garner your opinion over concessionary bus passes.  Please view both the atached documents, one is advice giving the route that will be affected and the other a questionaire with more information.

Routes affected


You can also find more information with the following link:

Closure of Citizen's Advice Bureau

This is your chance to have your say over the proposal to close this office.  For more information click here

Traffic in Villages

Please click here to open the document "Traffic in Villages".  This give many good ideas that can be used to reduce traffic speeds in rural villages.

Stepping into Nature Survey

This is a survey to garner your views on access to the countryside.  There is a link on the attached flyer to partake in a survey.

Click here to view

Mobile Library consultation

Following on from previous communication about proposed changes to the mobile library service, the County Council’s Cabinet meeting yesterday, it was agreed to:
1. note the consultation responses about the proposed changes to the mobile library service;
2. maintain the mobile library service provided by the County Council to residential homes and sheltered accommodation units; and
3. approve the closure of the public mobile library service by end of December 2016 (earliest) and by end of March 2017 (latest) and the development of alternative access to library services where required within the resources available.

The reasons for the timescale is to ensure that alternative service provision for those users who cannot travel to a library is put in place before the withdrawal of the mobile library service. We will also ensure that mobile library users are kept informed about the changes to service provision.

Dorset Health Services - Clinical Commissioning Group

The Clinical Commissioning Group has been set up to review how Dorset's health services will operate in the future.  To find out more click here

Proposed changes to Youth Services

Click here to visit the Dorset C C page to view the changes.

Dorset Waste Partnership - Draft Waste Plan

To view the plan click here There is a section at the end for making comments

Local Government Surgeries

Our local district councilors are holding surgeries where you can ask them about local issues that concern you.

To view dates and venues for these please click here