WHY not become a councillor this year?

People will go to the polls on May 22 to elect a third of their local councillors for Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, but how about standing for election yourself?

The borough council has produced a new leaflet explaining who can stand for election, the nomination process and what councillors do. It also has practical information on the time commitment, allowances and the support provided for councillors.

A spokesman for the borough council said: “Councillors play a key role in the borough and are the voice of the community, representing local people.

“They help shape future services for the benefit of local people by collectively carrying out policy making and contributing to the formation and scrutiny of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s policies, budget, and strategies.”

He added: “By representing the views of local people as a community advocate, councillors ensure that local community interests are taken into account.”

The deadline for the submission of nomination papers is 4pm on Thursday April 24.

To pick up a copy of the leaflet and find out more contact the Democratic Services Team on 01305 252349 or email councillor.services@westdorset-weymouth.gov.uk.