Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP), which collects waste for Christchurch and other councils, except Poole and Bournemouth, will cease to exist from the beginning of April after local government reorganisation. A portion of its work will become the responsibility of the new local authorities.
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) shadow authority’s executive committee made plans for the rural council to run the service.
However, a report to the executive committee warned that there was not enough time for BCP to take over its share.
According to the report, “Alternative arrangements for the delivery of waste have been considered and rejected on the basis of the limited time available to put deliverable changes in place, including any complex contract management arrangements.
“This includes direct delivery of service from April 1, 2019 by BCP council or a contractual arrangement with Dorset council.
“There is insufficient time remaining to carry out the necessary planning and procurement of services to enable BCP to directly deliver [waste services] from April 1, 2019.”
As a result Dorset council will take over the waste services of Christchurch for one year from 1st April, 2019. The BCP committee has given permission for a legal agreement to be drawn up to that effect.
Staff to run the service will be contracted to Dorset Council. Some of them will later be transferred to Christchurch.
BWP facilities will be transferred to BCP council from the first day it becomes operational.