Poole's Charter Trustees

Borough of Poole was abolished in 2019 following the reorganisation of local government in Dorset, Poole retained its borough charter status through the establishment of a charter trustee in the Local Government (Structural Boundary Changes) (Supplementary Provision and Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2019, which was laid before parliament on 16 January 2019 and subsequently made on 20 March 2019.

The trust ensures the continuation of the civic historic and ceremonial traditions of the former Borough of Poole and is responsible for choosing a Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Sheriff from the appointed trustees annually.  The trustees are the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council councillors representing the wards falling wholly or partly within the historic boundary of the former borough council.

The Charter Trustees Regulations 2009 provides that any historic property of Borough of Poole and which relates to the charter trustee area shall transfer to the charter trustees on 1 April 2019.  An inventory of all such historic property has been produced which the Charter Trustees shall be responsible for maintaining and securing.

Meetings of the Charter Trustees (as taken from item 2 of the Standing Orders)

The Annual General Meeting of the Charter Trustees shall be held within 21 days of the Annual Council Meeting of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council.  The meeting shall be held at such a time and place as the Charter Trustees may determine.  All meetings of the Charter Trustees shall be held in the Council Chamber unless otherwise agreed.

In addition to the AGM, no less than two meetings shall be held each year to conduct the general business of the Charter Trustees, a Budget Meeting and the Annual General Meeting of the Charter Trustees at which the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Sheriff are sworn in.  The dates of such meetings will be determined by the Mayor.

The Mayor may call extra meeting if he/she considers this necessary and except in emergency, 7 days notice will be given.

Trustee members must be a councillor and by definition, a politician, with responsibilities to the electors of his or her electoral ward and will, in most instances, possess a tie to a political group on BCP Council.

Conversely, the Charter Trustee is a non-political and non-statutory body with the primary objective being to maintain and promote the historic and ceremonial traditions for the area.

As such trustee members, when acting in that capacity, must not act in a manner or behave in such a way which conflicts with this primary objective, or which would give a reasonable person the impression that you have brought the office or the Charter Trustee into disrepute.

Page last updated: 22 August 2019
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