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District offers assets to parishes ahead of reorganisation

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East Dorset DC is offering to transfer 40 of its land assets to parish and town councils ahead of local government reorganisation in Dorset.

The first notice of disposal of open space under the Local Government Act 1972 has been published by the district inviting an initial nine parishes to express an interest in 25 plots in their areas, with any transfer agreement ensuring the current use of the sites is maintained and preventing any development without the consent of the relevant new unitary council.

The list includes land containing play areas and woodland, while 40 of the overall assets to be transferred are categorised as open spaces.

Any remaining East Dorset assets will be passed to the largest of two new unitary councils covering the county, which are set to be established in April next year.

Simon Tong (Con), chair of the East Dorset’s cabinet committee (One Year Strategy), said the decision to transfer the assets will help to ensure the assets are managed locally.

He added: “I’m pleased that we have been able to move quickly on this issue and that we are working so closely with the town and parish councils to ensure that they are in a position to take on the management of the assets as soon as possible.”

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