In May 2016, an unusual event will be happening in Winchester City Council’s electoral cycle: all seats on the Council will be up for re-election because of ward boundary changes*.
This presents a unique opportunity to change the face of local democracy. There is mounting public concern about how Winchester City Council has been doing the job that it is elected to do, and that change is desperately needed.
Winchester Independents is a group of Winchester residents from across the community who want change. The group believes that the corrosive and divisive nature of national party politics has no place in local government, and wants to shift the control of local decision-making over to fresh-thinking, independent-minded, local people.
It’s a growing trend. People all over the country are taking back control of their own towns and districts from distant national bodies by electing councillors who think independently. If Frome, in Somerset, can achieve the seemingly impossible – a clean sweep of the old Council replaced completely by independents – then we should try in Winchester.
(*Download new ward boundaries map here)
is campaigning for a Council that:
A more detailed description of our Aims and Ways of Working is set out in our interim Constitution, which can be downloaded here
The inaugural public meeting of the Winchester Independents took place on Thursday March 17th 2016, at St Peter’s Church Hall in Jewry Street.
The packed hall listened to speakers from across the south talk about their experience of bringing about change in local government, followed by questions and lively debate. Several people put themselves forward as potential candidates; many more offered help and support - and we raised over £400 in donations. Read more about the meeting via this link to The Hampshire Chronicle website:
Hampshire Chronicle Article
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