About Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council
The councils previously serving Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole have been replaced by one new council, responsible for all local government services for the area, known as BCP Council.
What does this mean for you?
Our focus was to achieve a safe and smooth transfer of services to BCP Council. Our priority is to ensure all legal, constitutional and financial requirements are met and your services continue to be provided as normal.
You shouldn’t have noticed any major changes to your council services. Your bins will have been collected as usual, you’ll still have been able to visit the library and we’ll continue to maintain roads, public spaces and more. Services are operating just as they were before, unless we advised you otherwise. If we do need to let you know about something that's being done differently, our services will contact you directly.
You will also continue to pay for your services in the usual way. If you pay your council tax by Direct Debit, this is automatically taken care of. This will appear as BCP Council on your bank statement, as will any other payments you make to or receive from the council.
You'll recognise BCP Council by our new logo, which you can see at the top of this page. A logo helps ensure we are visible and accountable to you, our residents and customers. We are being extremely cost-conscious about how this change is introduced, so you'll still see some old council logos for some time yet.
If you're worried that any council staff visiting you or any communication sent to you is not genuine, please contact us to check the details.
Councillors and local democracy
The Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area is made up of 33 wards with 76 elected councillors to represent residents. Elections to the BCP Council take place on 2 May.
You vote is your way of influencing who runs the new council. If you’re registered to vote, you will be sent a polling card before the election - look out for details of your polling station as this may have changed.
What are the benefits?
One council will provide greater opportunities for business, growth and prosperity across our area. BCP Council can more easily plan and bid for extra funding for things like housing, roads and schools. Plus, this change will:
- save money
- protect services (such as social care, road maintenance, parks, libraries and more)
- help to eliminate duplication and waste
- result in fewer councillors
- mean less management and back-office staff are needed.
We’re going through a period of great change – reviewing how we deliver services and how we make sure this fantastic area of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole continues to thrive.