Dorchester Town Council
Dorchester Town Council is the parish authority for the county town of Dorset, and was created in 1974 as the succesor authority to Dorchester Borough Council. There has been a history of local government in Dorchester dating back to Anglo Saxon times and Dorchester has been the county town since 1305. It has elected a mayor since 1629.
The town has a population approaching 20,000, which is growing quickly with the expansion of Dorchester at Poundbury and Brewery Square. The Town Council provides a range of social and recreational facilities, and promotes the town's interests with the other statutory bodies that operate in the town.
The Town Council has 20 members, elected for a period of 4 years. The next elections are in May 2019. The Mayor, who also acts as Chairman of the Council, and the Deputy Mayor, are elected annually by the Council each May.
Dorchester's Corn Exchange has it's own website which can be found at www.dorchestercornexchange.com
Please click here to view the calendar of meetings.
New Affordable Housing for Dorchester
Dorchester residents are invited to a meeting to find out more about a project to create a new town-based Community Land Trust (CLT). The meeting is at Dorchester Town Hall on Wednesday the 30th November from 4pm-6pm. A CLT is an organisation run by local people to develop and manage homes as well as other assets important to the community. A key task of the new Dorchester CLT would be to build affordable homes for sale or rent, making sure that the homes that it builds are genuinely affordable and based on what people actually earn in their area.
The Town Council, who are supporting the initiative, will host the meeting and a first possible scheme, to develop 20 new flats for young people on tennis courts at the rear of Trinity Street Car Park.
As well as hearing about the plans, there will be the opportunity to ask questions and also get more involved by signing up to join the Community Land trust as a member or even as part of the steering group.
Mayor of Dorchester
Councillor Tim Harries will serve as Mayor for the Council year from 23 May 2016 to 22 May 2017 when a new Mayor will be elected. If you would like to read Councillor Tim Harris’ speech which was read at the Mayor making ceremony please click here.
He will be supported by Anita Harries, as Mayoress, with Councillor Robin Potter as Deputy Mayor. If you would like to invite the Mayor to an event that you are organising please click here to download a Mayoral Engagement Form. Alternatively please contact the Mayor's Secretary. For a list of the Mayor's engagements for the forthcoming week please click here.
Link to notes of meeting regarding Monmouth Road parking issues held on 7 July 2016