‘The people of Christchurch have been betrayed’: possibility of legal challenge over merger decision

1 Mar 2018

CAMPAIGNERS opposed to Christchurch council being merged with its neighbours may seek a judicial review to challenge the Government’s decision.  On Monday, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid approved the Future Dorset plan, which will see Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole councils abolished and replaced with a single unitary body for the conurbation.

Christchurch MP Sir Christopher Chope, who has been a staunch critic of the merger plan, said the people of Christchurch had been “betrayed”.