Parish Poll – Press Statement – 25th July 2018

Town Hall, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 8LY


FROM:         The Town Clerk, Mrs Claire Commons
DATE:          Wednesday 25th July 2018
SUBJECT:    PRESS STATEMENT for immediate release

Parish Poll

A parish poll has been called by some members of the Shaftesbury Community, this is not a Shaftesbury Town Council initiative.

The poll was demanded at a parish meeting called by six individuals, the cost of several thousand pounds for the poll will be borne by the town’s tax payers and the outcome of the poll is not binding on the Town Council. The outcome of the poll will support the town council in its decision-making process.

The poll question is “Do you want Shaftesbury Town Council to fund and support a Judicial Review of the sale by North Dorset District Council of the Cattle Market site?”.

A Judicial Review is a form of court proceeding in which a judge reviews the lawfulness of a decision or action by a public body. , that decision being one taken by North Dorset District Council Cabinet of 23rd April 2018.

North Dorset District Council’s press release relating to this matter is available at

Over the last four years, there were 3016 Judicial Review Cases involving local authorities, 118 claimants were successful (just less than 4%). Civil Justice Statistics

The indicative costs of an unsuccessful Judicial Review could amount to £30,000 or more


For further information contact Shaftesbury Town Council, Tel: 01747 852420 or email: