The Town Council is the parish authority for Dorchester.
We are the fourth tier of government after parliament, the county council and the district council. Our legal powers are granted and regulated by various government acts. With a population of over 19,000 we are the largest town in West Dorset.
The Town Council supplements the provision of local government services in Dorchester and provides a range of social and recreational facilities, while promoting and representing the town with other national and statutory bodies. For example we provide virtually all the public open space and sports grounds in the town and provide the hanging baskets in the town centre; in short we do most of the things that make Dorchester the special place it is.
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