Bournemouth Borough Council

The coat of arms of Bournemouth

The local authority of Bournemouth in Dorset, England and ceased to exist on 1 April 2019.

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The coat of arms of Bournemouth

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Meeting of Jyväskylä's city council in 1925

Unitary authorities of England

The unitary authorities of England are those local authorities which are responsible for the provision of all local government services within a district.

The unitary authorities of England are those local authorities which are responsible for the provision of all local government services within a district.

Meeting of Jyväskylä's city council in 1925

One of the authorities would consist of the existing unitary authorities of Bournemouth, Poole and the non-metropolitan district of Christchurch, the other would be composed of the remainder of the county.

Bournemouth: Unitary Authority tree. The tree on the left, on the concourse of the Bournemouth Town Hall, was planted on 1 April 1997 to mark the occasion of Bournemouth council becoming a unitary authority on that day. This was part of the local government reorganisation of the late 1990s, when certain more urban districts were essentially separated from the relevant county council, with no services for Bournemouth residents now being carried out by Dorset County Council.

Poole Borough Council

The unitary authority responsible for local government in the Borough of Poole, Dorset, England.

The unitary authority responsible for local government in the Borough of Poole, Dorset, England.

Bournemouth: Unitary Authority tree. The tree on the left, on the concourse of the Bournemouth Town Hall, was planted on 1 April 1997 to mark the occasion of Bournemouth council becoming a unitary authority on that day. This was part of the local government reorganisation of the late 1990s, when certain more urban districts were essentially separated from the relevant county council, with no services for Bournemouth residents now being carried out by Dorset County Council.

In February 2018 the 'Future Dorset' plan was approved by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid, which meant that Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole borough councils were merged into one unitary authority in April 2019.

Christchurch, Dorset

Town and civil parish in Dorset on the south coast of England.

Town and civil parish in Dorset on the south coast of England.

Christchurch Castle ruins
Hart's Fusee Factory, built in 1845. The manufacture of fusee chains was an important industry in 19th-century Christchurch.
A P-47 Thunderbolt of the 405th Fighter Wing at RAF Christchurch, 1944
Christchurch Civic Offices
Christchurch Harbour with the Clay Pool (bottom right) where the rivers Avon and Stour converge. Stanpit Marsh (centre left), Wick (centre right) and Hengistbury Head (top right). The thin line of beach huts at the top left reveals the position of Mudeford Spit with the Isle of Wight on the horizon.
Monday market, Christchurch High Street.
The Mayor's Parlour and Saxon Square
The Constable's House, a Grade I listed Norman dwelling
Christchurch Priory dates from the 11th century
Place Mill
Christchurch railway station
Christchurch Library
John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, Prime Minister between 1762–63, owned a mansion house in Christchurch

The authority is a merger of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole borough councils; its creation was opposed by Christchurch Council, who unsuccessfully appealed to the High Court.

Bournemouth

Coastal resort town in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole council area of Dorset, England.

Coastal resort town in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole council area of Dorset, England.

Welcome to Bournemouth, England's Coastal Garden
Section of a 1759 map of Hampshire by Isaac Taylor, showing the Manor of Christchurch and the area around the Bourne chine
Photochrom of Invalids' Walk, 1890s
A view of Bournemouth showing the temporary wooden jetty that was replaced by an iron pier in 1880.
Photochrom of the entrance to the pier, 1890s
The Waterfront Cinema and Leisure Complex (now demolished)
Bournemouth Town Hall was built in the Victorian period, originally serving as a hotel for visitors to the town.
Bournemouth Beach and Boscombe Pier
Financial services are crucial to the town's economy and Unisys was a major employer in the industry.
Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) is a national conference and music venue in the town.
Bournemouth Pier including the Pier Theatre
Shops and apartments in the centre of Bournemouth
The grave of writer Mary Shelley and her parents, including Mary Wollstonecraft, in St. Peter's Church, Bournemouth
Bournemouth Christmas Market in 2019
St Peter's Church, completed in 1879
The Grade II listed entrance to Boscombe Pier
Bournemouth railway station, built in 1885, with a replica Victorian iron and glass roof
Bournemouth and Poole College Lansdowne Campus
St Stephen's Church, Bournemouth, built in 1898
The Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation
A blue plaque marking the birthplace of Hubert Parry at 2, Richmond Terrace, Bournemouth
Blue Plaque on the Wall of St Peter's Churchyard commemorating the resting place of members of the Shelley family.

For local elections the district was divided into 18 wards, with the Bournemouth Borough Council elected every four years.

Corfe Castle, captured and destroyed by Cromwell's army in 1646

Dorset

County in South West England on the English Channel coast.

County in South West England on the English Channel coast.

Corfe Castle, captured and destroyed by Cromwell's army in 1646
Geological map of Dorset
Durdle Door, a natural arch near Lulworth Cove
The beach near Bournemouth Pier. Dorset's coastline is a major attraction for tourists.
The Keep Military Museum in Dorchester
Traction engines on display at the Great Dorset Steam Fair
Thomas Hardy
Sherborne Abbey

The two authorities came into existence on 1 April 2019, when Bournemouth and Poole merged with Christchurch, one of six second-tier districts previously governed by Dorset County Council, leaving the other five districts - Weymouth and Portland, West Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck and East Dorset - to form a second UA.

Tumulus on the south side of Wick Lane, Tuckton

Tuckton

Suburb of Bournemouth, situated on the River Stour in the eastern part of the borough.

Suburb of Bournemouth, situated on the River Stour in the eastern part of the borough.

Tumulus on the south side of Wick Lane, Tuckton
The original wooden bridge at Tuckton

At that point, Tuckton became part of the civil parish of Southbourne, which was absorbed into the Borough of Bournemouth in 1901.

The old school-chapel at Moordown, erected in 1853.

Moordown

Suburb of Bournemouth, situated in the northern part of the borough.

Suburb of Bournemouth, situated in the northern part of the borough.

The old school-chapel at Moordown, erected in 1853.
The new St. John's Church at Moordown, completed in 1874.
Mayfield Park Buildings, at 929-943 Wimborne Road

It was incorporated into the borough of Bournemouth in 1901, having previously been part of the Christchurch rural district.

The view of Bournemouth Town Centre from West Cliff. Lansdowne can be seen in the distance.

Bournemouth Town Centre

Area of Bournemouth, Dorset.

Area of Bournemouth, Dorset.

The view of Bournemouth Town Centre from West Cliff. Lansdowne can be seen in the distance.

The same ward elected councillors to the former Bournemouth Borough Council.

Yellow Buses

Bus operator based in Bournemouth, on the south coast of England.

Bus operator based in Bournemouth, on the south coast of England.

Alexander bodied Leyland Atlantean in March 1976
East Lancs Myllennium Vyking bodied Volvo B7TL in August 2011
Transdev Yellow Buses logo
RATP Yellow Buses logo
Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B7TL
East Lancs Myllennium Vyking bodied Volvo B7TL

Yellow Buses traces its origins to July 1902, when Bournemouth Corporation began operating trams.

County Hall in Dorchester, headquarters of Dorset County Council

Dorset County Council elections

Non-metropolitan county in England.

Non-metropolitan county in England.

County Hall in Dorchester, headquarters of Dorset County Council
2005 results map
2009 results map
2013 results map
2017 results map

Under the Local Government Act 1972 the non-metropolitan county of Dorset was created from the merger of the administrative counties of Dorset, and the boroughs of Bournemouth and Poole.