East Dorset

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East Dorset District
Non-metropolitan district
East Dorset shown within Dorset
East Dorset shown within Dorset
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South West England
Non-metropolitan county Dorset
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Furzehill, Wimborne
Incorporated 1 April 1974
 • Type Non-metropolitan district council
 • Body East Dorset District Council
 • Leadership Alternative - Sec.31 (Conservative)
 • MPs Christopher Chope
Simon Hoare[1]
 • Total 136.8 sq mi (354.4 km2)
Area rank 119th (of 326)
Population (mid-2014 est.)
 • Total 88,186
 • Rank 269th (of 326)
 • Density 640/sq mi (250/km2)
 • Ethnicity 99.0% White
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 19UD (ONS)
E07000049 (GSS)
OS grid reference SU0130301959
Website www.dorsetforyou.com

East Dorset is a local government district in Dorset, England. Its council is based in Furzehill, near Wimborne Minster.

The district was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of Wimborne Minster Urban District with part of the Ringwood and Fordingbridge Rural District and the Wimborne and Cranborne Rural District. The district was originally known as Wimborne, and adopted its present name in 1988.

The popularity of the area, being close to the New Forest, Bournemouth and the Dorset coast, has seen a rapid expansion in housing from the 1970s with the Verwood, Ferndown, West Moors and Corfe Mullen populations more than quadrupling. There still remains a rural feel, however, especially in the north and west of the area. Wimborne Minster has retained its identity as a historic market town.

East Dorset also contains a large amount of the remaining lowland heath, managed by East Dorset Countryside Management Services in partnership with the Forestry Commission. The expansion of housing has led to a massive decrease in the area of this unusual and unique habitat, which once covered 500 km² but now covers only 15% of that.

Statistics released[2] by the Office for National Statistics show that life expectancy at birth for males in East Dorset was 80.1 years in 2001-2003, the highest in the United Kingdom. Female life expectancy at birth for the same period was 83.4 years, ranking seventh in the UK. The figures for East Dorset during 1991-1993 were 77.9 years for males and 82.5 for females.


East Dorset District Council is elected every four years, with currently 36 councillors being elected at each election. Since 1976 the Conservative party has held a majority on the council apart from a period between the 1995 and 1999 elections when the Liberal Democrats had control. As of the 2015 election the council is composed of the following councillors:-[3]

Party Councillors
  Conservative Party 24
  Liberal Democrats 3
  Independent 2


Settlements with a population over 2,500 are in bold.

See also


  1. "Dorset North Parliamentary constituency". Election 2015. BBC. Retrieved 11 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Life expectancy at birth in the United Kingdom, Office for National Statistics
  3. "Local election results for Christchurch and East Dorset". dorsetforyou.com. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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