Local councillor Steve Lugg, promoter and organiser of Ferndown’s Big Gig, talks about the 2015 event and how they successfully used a bottom-up approach to build community cohesion. Steve Lugg, a local councillor for East Dorset District Council ,...

Since the Scottish referendum two weeks ago the country has been awash with talk of devolution. This debate was only furthered on Sunday night when Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, pledged that there would be new city deals before next...

The Christchurch & East Dorset Partnership has been awarded a government grant of £160,000 to take forward a project to introduce a joint planning system. The funding comes from the Department for Communities & Local Government in the form of a...

A radical move to merge three councils in a ground breaking union to save £6 million are to be discussed. A business case outlining how North Dorset District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council could work...

A £9m Government fund has been divided between 80 councils to support joint service improvements, including three districts set to share a chief executive. Malvern Hills, Cheltenham and North Dorset have been given £1.4m to help them share a chief...