It has been confirmed this morning that Christchurch Borough Council has agreed NOT to appeal the High Court judge’s decision, in effect meaning Local Government Reorganisation WILL now come into place as of 1st April 2019.
In a statement, the leader of the Council, Cllr David Flagg (pictured) said “Having been refused leave to appeal by the judge it was important that the advice of Counsel and Officers was considered when deciding the best way forward. In light of the decision we feel that the best way for us to proceed is to focus our work on getting the best for our residents as we move towards local government reorganisation on 1st April 2019.
“Whilst we are of course extremely disappointed with the decision of the judge the Council has fought to represent the wishes of our residents throughout this process.
“Having pursued every avenue available to us we must now accept that the Council will be abolished next year. We apologise that we were not successful in keeping Christchurch independent and thank all the residents who supported us in our attempts.”