From April 1 2018 Christchurch became part of the BCP Council, a unitary authority, by combining with Bournemouth and Poole. There had been considerable discussion, not to say argument, about this merger.
Christchurch Merger Plan
Click to see the Merger’s history.
Click the image to see a full account of that lengthy process. A very brief summary is below.
  • It began with the proposal in February 2017. In order to gauge local opinion, a consultation took place between August and October.
  • This came out in favour of the merger.
  • Many Christchurch councillors and residents were not happy about this, and an unofficial survey took place, distributed to local households. the results were strongly against this merger: Total poll: 53%; FOR: 3321 votes (15.82%); AGAINST: 17676 votes (84.18%)
  • Despite that, and after a failed judicial review the merger was upheld.