Local elections take place on Thursday 2 May 2019.
Do you care about where you live? Are you passionate about your community? If so, you could make a great local councillor. Stand for election and make a local change.


Parish Councillors are the champions of their community and give residents a voice on the decisions the council makes. Becoming a councillor will allow you to make a real difference in your community by engaging with residents, local groups and businesses to find out their needs; making decisions on which services and projects the council should take forward; and getting involved locally to ensure the services are meeting your community’s needs.

How long does it take?

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Local Councillor Census Survey found that parish councillors put aside, on average, three hours a week for council work. This often includes attending meetings, engaging with residents and speaking on behalf of the council to other bodies.

County Councillors

Dorset Council have a website page dedicated to those Dorset residents who may be interested in representing their ward on the new Dorset Council. Information is available at: https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/councillors-committees-elections/councillors/become-a-local-councillor.aspx

Guidance for Candidates:- https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/141798/Part-1-Can-you-stand-for-election-P-and-C.pdf

Click HERE to make sure you are registered to vote.

Community Bus Trial ~ “Use It or Lose It”

Service 7 (Bridport Local) commenced on 22 August, and will operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays for a six-month trial* period across Bridport, West Bay, Bothenhampton, Lower Walditch, Bradpole and Allington.

First Wessex run the service under contract to Bridport Town Council, with a £2 single/£3 return fare.

Concessionary passes can be used but contributions towards the running cost may be made.

Whilst buses will stop at all First Wessex stops, they can also be hailed along the route.

The initiative has been championed by a working group of Bridport Town  Council, Bradpole and other parish councils, the Bridport Local Area Partnership and the Western Area Transport Action Group.

The inaugural no. 7 arrives at Jessopp Avenue

The trial will show whether or not the service can be sustained in the long run, and concessionary pass users are encouraged to help meet the cost. 

*The 6 month trial was initially set to finish in February 2019. 



January 2019: Usage figures for the first three months to the end of November 2018 indicate increasing passenger numbers although still short of the target figure. With some re-routing based upon customer feed back to come into effect in early March 2019 it is hoped that further increased usage will be achieved.

The new routing & timetable, when received, will be available on this website and on Parish Council Notice boards.

In December 2018 Bridport Town Council agreed to extend the trial by 6 months to enable further assessments based upon some re-routing options,to be applied in early March 2019, stating that “passenger numbers need to improve but we are hopeful that these changes will help achieve that”

“It’s very much a – use it or lose it service,”


BPC/BTC Jan 2019