As you no doubt know, from April 1st Christchurch will become part of Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council. The local elections for our Councillors will take place on Thursday, 2 May.
Here is list of the possible election candidates so far:
|Christchurch Town||Peter Hall|
& West Highcliffe
|Burton & Grange||David Flagg|
|Not yet known|
|Highcliffe & Walkford||Nick Geary||Trish Jamieson
|Not yet known|
Letter to the Bournemouth Echo, 9 January
In the local referendum in December 2017, the people of Christchurch voted overwhelmingly against proposals to merge with Bournemouth and Poole. More than 17,000 residents (84 per cent of those who cast a ballot) opposed the idea. Despite this strong show of public opinion, the government gave the go-ahead.
As a result, the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole unitary authority comes into being in a few weeks. Many people are already very concerned that in everything from housing to planning and development, Bournemouth will dominate the new council and have little or no regard for or interest in what is best for Christchurch. Residents here will already be paying more in council tax than those in Bournemouth and Poole until 2025.
We must make sure this new council works for our borough and does not simply become a takeover. We have therefore come to the conclusion that the interests of Christchurch and its residents can only be served by the borough having a strong and unified independent voice – not a group of councillors answering to a Conservative whip imposed from Bournemouth.
Accordingly we will stand for election on May 2 as ‘Christchurch Independents.’ This will enable us, if elected, to be that strong, unified and independent voice, doing what we believe is right for our borough and to maintain its unique identity, at every turn and on every issue, not just for the 17,000 who voted against going into Bournemouth, but for every single resident.
We hope you will support us and help up us stand up for Christchurch.
2 March, 2019
Clerk Confirmed for New Council
The new Town Clerk is Daniel Lucas, who is currently principal planning lawyer for the Christchurch and East Dorset councils. Mr Lucas said, in the Christchurch Times on the 28 February, “I am really looking forward to this new challenge. Christchurch is a wonderful town, steeped in history and heritage, and I am very proud to have been appointed to this position. I’m looking forward to supporting the ambitions of the new Town Council, which will produce a strong voice for Christchurch residents.”
The Town Council for Christchurch will launch on 1 April 2019, and the first elections will take place on May 2.