Bournemouth Borough Council

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Bournemouth Borough Council was the local authority of Bournemouth in Dorset, England and ceased to exist on 1 April 2019. It was a unitary authority, although between 1974 and 1997 it was an administrative district council with Dorset. Previously most of the borough was part of Hampshire.The Borough can trace its history back to 27 August 1890 when the Municipal Borough of Bournemouth was created by Royal Charter. On 1 April 1900 it received County Borough status which lasted until 1974.In February 2018 the 'Future Dorset' plan was approved by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid, which means that Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole borough councils merged on 1 April 2019 into one singular unitary authority.

Government and politics

The borough is administered by Bournemouth Borough Council.


The Council has 18 wards covering the borough. Boscombe East Boscombe West Central East Cliff & Springbourne East Southbourne & Tuckton Kinson North Kinson South Littledown & Iford Moordown Queen's Park Redhill & Northbourne Strouden Park Talbot & Branksome Woods Throop & Muscliff Wallisdown & Winton West West Southbourne Westbourne & West Cliff Winton East


The Council consists of 54 elected members, 3 from each of the 18 wards. Prior to 2003 there were 19 wards (57 members). Elections take place every four years where all seats are contested. The composition of the Council: The Council was abolished on 1 April 2019 and replaced by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council.

Coat of arms

The arms of Bournemouth were granted on 24 March 1891.
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