Independents in Dorset are calling on people to seize the moment to improve the system of local government in the county and make it better for every resident.
As the county moves from separate district councils to a combined unitary authority, ALL for Dorset is urging prospective candidates to stand in the forthcoming elections in May.
Anyone who lives or works in the area covered by the new Dorset Council (North Dorset, West Dorset, East Dorset, Weymouth and Portland and Purbeck) and is registered to vote can apply to become an ALL for Dorset candidate. They can stand at either unitary, town or parish council level.
Alistair Chisholm, Dorchester town crier and independent town councillor, said it was time for change: “I know there are people in Dorset who care deeply about our area and what happens here. They have passion, experience and expertise that could be so useful to Dorset.
“Now is a real opportunity to change and improve our system of local government and make it better for everyone.
“We need to act now and find better, non-political independent candidates who will stand for the people and with the people in May.”
People interested in standing for ALL for Dorset should complete and download a form at https://allfordorset.org.uk/become-a-councillor/ by midday on 24 February. Applicants will then be invited to an interview session of around two hours.
Two session have already been set up – in Dorchester on Thursday 28 February (evening) and Saturday 2 March in Weymouth (afternoon)