New leaflet launched explaining local election process in Weymouth and Portland

Why not become a local councillor in Weymouth and Portland?

Why not become a local councillor in Weymouth and Portland?

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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.

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2:41pm Mon 31 Mar 14

elloello1980 says...

here's your chance, to all those that claim to be able to run the towns ;)
here's your chance, to all those that claim to be able to run the towns ;) elloello1980
  • Score: 15

2:56pm Mon 31 Mar 14

navelgazer says...

elloello1980 wrote:
here's your chance, to all those that claim to be able to run the towns ;)
My thoughts exactly.

If the continual flow of comments from local Armchair Generals upon the ineptitude of councillors and council staff, and insinuations about 'brown envelopes' in the Echo's comments sections are representative of the Borough's residents, then there should be a mile-long queue of applicants battling to emulate the Fifth Labour of Hercules.
[quote][p][bold]elloello1980[/bold] wrote: here's your chance, to all those that claim to be able to run the towns ;)[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly. If the continual flow of comments from local Armchair Generals upon the ineptitude of councillors and council staff, and insinuations about 'brown envelopes' in the Echo's comments sections are representative of the Borough's residents, then there should be a mile-long queue of applicants battling to emulate the Fifth Labour of Hercules. navelgazer
  • Score: 14

3:24pm Mon 31 Mar 14

arlbergbahn says...

How about Viktor Yanukovych? He's probably not doing anything at the moment, and he'd do just as good a job.

Seriously though, why on earth does anyone think that putting oneself up for election as a Councillor would make the slightest difference to how the Council is run? It's the Committees and the Officers and the Executives that make all the decisions, isn't it; does anyone seriously believe that by becoming a Councillor one is likely to make the slightest difference? People don't still naively believe that "your voice can make a difference" and "if you don't like it, why don't YOu stand for Election", do they? People still believe that?
How about Viktor Yanukovych? He's probably not doing anything at the moment, and he'd do just as good a job. Seriously though, why on earth does anyone think that putting oneself up for election as a Councillor would make the slightest difference to how the Council is run? It's the Committees and the Officers and the Executives that make all the decisions, isn't it; does anyone seriously believe that by becoming a Councillor one is likely to make the slightest difference? People don't still naively believe that "your voice can make a difference" and "if you don't like it, why don't YOu stand for Election", do they? People still believe that? arlbergbahn
  • Score: -3

3:39pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Sigurd Hoberth says...

Exactly, if the council has no power the existence of it is pointless.
Exactly, if the council has no power the existence of it is pointless. Sigurd Hoberth
  • Score: -4

4:29pm Mon 31 Mar 14

JamesYoung says...

navelgazer wrote:
elloello1980 wrote:
here's your chance, to all those that claim to be able to run the towns ;)
My thoughts exactly.

If the continual flow of comments from local Armchair Generals upon the ineptitude of councillors and council staff, and insinuations about 'brown envelopes' in the Echo's comments sections are representative of the Borough's residents, then there should be a mile-long queue of applicants battling to emulate the Fifth Labour of Hercules.
You miss the obvious point that most people have day jobs that prevent them setting aside time for council meetings.
[quote][p][bold]navelgazer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elloello1980[/bold] wrote: here's your chance, to all those that claim to be able to run the towns ;)[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly. If the continual flow of comments from local Armchair Generals upon the ineptitude of councillors and council staff, and insinuations about 'brown envelopes' in the Echo's comments sections are representative of the Borough's residents, then there should be a mile-long queue of applicants battling to emulate the Fifth Labour of Hercules.[/p][/quote]You miss the obvious point that most people have day jobs that prevent them setting aside time for council meetings. JamesYoung
  • Score: 4

4:56pm Mon 31 Mar 14

shy talk says...

arlbergbahn wrote:
How about Viktor Yanukovych? He's probably not doing anything at the moment, and he'd do just as good a job.

Seriously though, why on earth does anyone think that putting oneself up for election as a Councillor would make the slightest difference to how the Council is run? It's the Committees and the Officers and the Executives that make all the decisions, isn't it; does anyone seriously believe that by becoming a Councillor one is likely to make the slightest difference? People don't still naively believe that "your voice can make a difference" and "if you don't like it, why don't YOu stand for Election", do they? People still believe that?
The Councils Officers and Executives decision makers. Probably work on the principle they hope to get a Councillor elected with half a brain. Then gain control by implanting the other half and now have full control.
[quote][p][bold]arlbergbahn[/bold] wrote: How about Viktor Yanukovych? He's probably not doing anything at the moment, and he'd do just as good a job. Seriously though, why on earth does anyone think that putting oneself up for election as a Councillor would make the slightest difference to how the Council is run? It's the Committees and the Officers and the Executives that make all the decisions, isn't it; does anyone seriously believe that by becoming a Councillor one is likely to make the slightest difference? People don't still naively believe that "your voice can make a difference" and "if you don't like it, why don't YOu stand for Election", do they? People still believe that?[/p][/quote]The Councils Officers and Executives decision makers. Probably work on the principle they hope to get a Councillor elected with half a brain. Then gain control by implanting the other half and now have full control. shy talk
  • Score: -1

5:29pm Mon 31 Mar 14

navelgazer says...

JamesYoung wrote:
navelgazer wrote:
elloello1980 wrote:
here's your chance, to all those that claim to be able to run the towns ;)
My thoughts exactly.

If the continual flow of comments from local Armchair Generals upon the ineptitude of councillors and council staff, and insinuations about 'brown envelopes' in the Echo's comments sections are representative of the Borough's residents, then there should be a mile-long queue of applicants battling to emulate the Fifth Labour of Hercules.
You miss the obvious point that most people have day jobs that prevent them setting aside time for council meetings.
Demographic for Weymouth and Portland
Age
0–15 16.8 %
16–17 2.5 %
18–44 29.2 %
45–59 20.9 %
60–84 26.9 %
85+ 3.7 %

Just on 27% of the Borough's population are aged over 60, so there must be a pool of talent in that group.

For those in employment, Section 50 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 says that an employer is required to permit an employee reasonable time off during the employee's working hours to perform any of the duties as a member of a local authority, which includes attending committee meetings.

A reasonable proportion of current councillors appear to be of working age. Ask them how they balance the roles.

Details of how to become a councillor are here: https://www.dorsetfo
ryou.com/become-a-co
uncillor/Weymouth-an
d-Portland

But it's so much easier to sit back and criticize, than it is to stand up and be criticised.
[quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]navelgazer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elloello1980[/bold] wrote: here's your chance, to all those that claim to be able to run the towns ;)[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly. If the continual flow of comments from local Armchair Generals upon the ineptitude of councillors and council staff, and insinuations about 'brown envelopes' in the Echo's comments sections are representative of the Borough's residents, then there should be a mile-long queue of applicants battling to emulate the Fifth Labour of Hercules.[/p][/quote]You miss the obvious point that most people have day jobs that prevent them setting aside time for council meetings.[/p][/quote]Demographic for Weymouth and Portland Age 0–15 16.8 % 16–17 2.5 % 18–44 29.2 % 45–59 20.9 % 60–84 26.9 % 85+ 3.7 % Just on 27% of the Borough's population are aged over 60, so there must be a pool of talent in that group. For those in employment, Section 50 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 says that an employer is required to permit an employee reasonable time off during the employee's working hours to perform any of the duties as a member of a local authority, which includes attending committee meetings. A reasonable proportion of current councillors appear to be of working age. Ask them how they balance the roles. Details of how to become a councillor are here: https://www.dorsetfo ryou.com/become-a-co uncillor/Weymouth-an d-Portland But it's so much easier to sit back and criticize, than it is to stand up and be criticised. navelgazer
  • Score: 3

6:35pm Mon 31 Mar 14

westbaywonder says...

No point even commenting on this citizens as the Council trolls are dinging off the + scores like they are playing space invaders.
Just shows you how bent things really are.
No point even commenting on this citizens as the Council trolls are dinging off the + scores like they are playing space invaders. Just shows you how bent things really are. westbaywonder
  • Score: -10

7:58pm Mon 31 Mar 14

ksmain says...

But only apply if:

1. You have some business acumen where the current shower do not.
2. You are interested in securing some business for the town and not just be prepared to stuff housing in prime business locations (like North Quay).
3. That you have no party political affiliation and ONLY act in the interest of all those you represent.

That should rule out a fair few.
But only apply if: 1. You have some business acumen where the current shower do not. 2. You are interested in securing some business for the town and not just be prepared to stuff housing in prime business locations (like North Quay). 3. That you have no party political affiliation and ONLY act in the interest of all those you represent. That should rule out a fair few. ksmain
  • Score: 4

9:21pm Mon 31 Mar 14

cosmick says...

arlbergbahn wrote:
How about Viktor Yanukovych? He's probably not doing anything at the moment, and he'd do just as good a job.

Seriously though, why on earth does anyone think that putting oneself up for election as a Councillor would make the slightest difference to how the Council is run? It's the Committees and the Officers and the Executives that make all the decisions, isn't it; does anyone seriously believe that by becoming a Councillor one is likely to make the slightest difference? People don't still naively believe that "your voice can make a difference" and "if you don't like it, why don't YOu stand for Election", do they? People still believe that?
YES.
[quote][p][bold]arlbergbahn[/bold] wrote: How about Viktor Yanukovych? He's probably not doing anything at the moment, and he'd do just as good a job. Seriously though, why on earth does anyone think that putting oneself up for election as a Councillor would make the slightest difference to how the Council is run? It's the Committees and the Officers and the Executives that make all the decisions, isn't it; does anyone seriously believe that by becoming a Councillor one is likely to make the slightest difference? People don't still naively believe that "your voice can make a difference" and "if you don't like it, why don't YOu stand for Election", do they? People still believe that?[/p][/quote]YES. cosmick
  • Score: 0

8:27am Tue 1 Apr 14

arlbergbahn says...

cosmick wrote:
arlbergbahn wrote:
How about Viktor Yanukovych? He's probably not doing anything at the moment, and he'd do just as good a job.

Seriously though, why on earth does anyone think that putting oneself up for election as a Councillor would make the slightest difference to how the Council is run? It's the Committees and the Officers and the Executives that make all the decisions, isn't it; does anyone seriously believe that by becoming a Councillor one is likely to make the slightest difference? People don't still naively believe that "your voice can make a difference" and "if you don't like it, why don't YOu stand for Election", do they? People still believe that?
YES.
And how do you think that might be possible?
[quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]arlbergbahn[/bold] wrote: How about Viktor Yanukovych? He's probably not doing anything at the moment, and he'd do just as good a job. Seriously though, why on earth does anyone think that putting oneself up for election as a Councillor would make the slightest difference to how the Council is run? It's the Committees and the Officers and the Executives that make all the decisions, isn't it; does anyone seriously believe that by becoming a Councillor one is likely to make the slightest difference? People don't still naively believe that "your voice can make a difference" and "if you don't like it, why don't YOu stand for Election", do they? People still believe that?[/p][/quote]YES.[/p][/quote]And how do you think that might be possible? arlbergbahn
  • Score: -2

8:30am Tue 1 Apr 14

arlbergbahn says...

navelgazer wrote:
JamesYoung wrote:
navelgazer wrote:
elloello1980 wrote:
here's your chance, to all those that claim to be able to run the towns ;)
My thoughts exactly.

If the continual flow of comments from local Armchair Generals upon the ineptitude of councillors and council staff, and insinuations about 'brown envelopes' in the Echo's comments sections are representative of the Borough's residents, then there should be a mile-long queue of applicants battling to emulate the Fifth Labour of Hercules.
You miss the obvious point that most people have day jobs that prevent them setting aside time for council meetings.
Demographic for Weymouth and Portland
Age
0–15 16.8 %
16–17 2.5 %
18–44 29.2 %
45–59 20.9 %
60–84 26.9 %
85+ 3.7 %

Just on 27% of the Borough's population are aged over 60, so there must be a pool of talent in that group.

For those in employment, Section 50 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 says that an employer is required to permit an employee reasonable time off during the employee's working hours to perform any of the duties as a member of a local authority, which includes attending committee meetings.

A reasonable proportion of current councillors appear to be of working age. Ask them how they balance the roles.

Details of how to become a councillor are here: https://www.dorsetfo

ryou.com/become-a-co

uncillor/Weymouth-an

d-Portland

But it's so much easier to sit back and criticize, than it is to stand up and be criticised.
Could you explain please, how standing for Election would make the slightest contribution to making Wey & PBC a competent and efficient organization?
[quote][p][bold]navelgazer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]navelgazer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elloello1980[/bold] wrote: here's your chance, to all those that claim to be able to run the towns ;)[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly. If the continual flow of comments from local Armchair Generals upon the ineptitude of councillors and council staff, and insinuations about 'brown envelopes' in the Echo's comments sections are representative of the Borough's residents, then there should be a mile-long queue of applicants battling to emulate the Fifth Labour of Hercules.[/p][/quote]You miss the obvious point that most people have day jobs that prevent them setting aside time for council meetings.[/p][/quote]Demographic for Weymouth and Portland Age 0–15 16.8 % 16–17 2.5 % 18–44 29.2 % 45–59 20.9 % 60–84 26.9 % 85+ 3.7 % Just on 27% of the Borough's population are aged over 60, so there must be a pool of talent in that group. For those in employment, Section 50 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 says that an employer is required to permit an employee reasonable time off during the employee's working hours to perform any of the duties as a member of a local authority, which includes attending committee meetings. A reasonable proportion of current councillors appear to be of working age. Ask them how they balance the roles. Details of how to become a councillor are here: https://www.dorsetfo ryou.com/become-a-co uncillor/Weymouth-an d-Portland But it's so much easier to sit back and criticize, than it is to stand up and be criticised.[/p][/quote]Could you explain please, how standing for Election would make the slightest contribution to making Wey & PBC a competent and efficient organization? arlbergbahn
  • Score: -1

9:14am Tue 1 Apr 14

cosmick says...

arlbergbahn wrote:
cosmick wrote:
arlbergbahn wrote:
How about Viktor Yanukovych? He's probably not doing anything at the moment, and he'd do just as good a job.

Seriously though, why on earth does anyone think that putting oneself up for election as a Councillor would make the slightest difference to how the Council is run? It's the Committees and the Officers and the Executives that make all the decisions, isn't it; does anyone seriously believe that by becoming a Councillor one is likely to make the slightest difference? People don't still naively believe that "your voice can make a difference" and "if you don't like it, why don't YOu stand for Election", do they? People still believe that?
YES.
And how do you think that might be possible?
Because UKIP is on the up. Normal people ready to take the challange and TRY to get the power back to the people of BRITAIN and local people taking the reins.
[quote][p][bold]arlbergbahn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]arlbergbahn[/bold] wrote: How about Viktor Yanukovych? He's probably not doing anything at the moment, and he'd do just as good a job. Seriously though, why on earth does anyone think that putting oneself up for election as a Councillor would make the slightest difference to how the Council is run? It's the Committees and the Officers and the Executives that make all the decisions, isn't it; does anyone seriously believe that by becoming a Councillor one is likely to make the slightest difference? People don't still naively believe that "your voice can make a difference" and "if you don't like it, why don't YOu stand for Election", do they? People still believe that?[/p][/quote]YES.[/p][/quote]And how do you think that might be possible?[/p][/quote]Because UKIP is on the up. Normal people ready to take the challange and TRY to get the power back to the people of BRITAIN and local people taking the reins. cosmick
  • Score: 6

10:36am Tue 1 Apr 14

westbaywonder says...

Did not realise there were so many echo readers happy with the council, they are doing a fine job of running Dorchester and Weymouth and everything is wonderful in both towns.
Did not realise there were so many echo readers happy with the council, they are doing a fine job of running Dorchester and Weymouth and everything is wonderful in both towns. westbaywonder
  • Score: 3

5:57pm Tue 1 Apr 14

PHonnor says...

If people don't like the decisions that the council make the only way to influence these is by becoming more politicised, firstly by voting for whom you feel reflects your views, if there are none then it could be worth canvassing your neighbours to see if they have the same issues as you. On here not long ago people were complaining about more old people's home getting planning permission and weymouth turning into a giant residential home, how many of the younger generation made their voice heard to the decision makers?
If people don't like the decisions that the council make the only way to influence these is by becoming more politicised, firstly by voting for whom you feel reflects your views, if there are none then it could be worth canvassing your neighbours to see if they have the same issues as you. On here not long ago people were complaining about more old people's home getting planning permission and weymouth turning into a giant residential home, how many of the younger generation made their voice heard to the decision makers? PHonnor
  • Score: 0

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