Les Fry - Dorchester

Les was a dairy farmer and sheep farmer in West Dorset for many years before joining Dorset Police. He served in Poole, Weymouth, Wareham, Dorchester, Sherborne and Winfrith before finishing in 2018 as the Custody Inspector at Weymouth.

Les then worked as a planning Enforcement officer with North Dorset District Council before leaving to stand for election in the 2019 elections. Les was elected to both Dorchester Town Council and Dorset Council as an Independent Councillor for Dorchester West Ward.

Les sits on a number of Committees for Dorset council, including Licensing, Northern Planning, Police and Crime panel and Farming, as well as numerous working groups.

Les is a member of Dorchester Casterbridge Rotary Club and will be The club president for the second time in 2022. He is also a Trustee of Dorchester Youth and Community centre, a member of Dorchester Beerex committee and was part of the core group that set up the Dorchester Park Run.

Les was award the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2022 Queens New Years Honours list for his services to volunteering in Dorchester and West Dorset.

Luke Wakeling - Weymouth

Luke is an independent Councillor on Weymouth Town Council in the Weymouth East ward. Luke lives in his ward, enjoys cycling and paddleboarding, and walks his little dog around the ward several times a day.

Luke is a former publican, who is now a software engineer working on apps for highways management.

Luke's pledges are to protect the environment, ensuring that the council provides good value for money for residents, improve openness and transparency of local government, and improving active-travel infrastructure.

Since being elected to the council Luke says "Being a Town Councillor is a rewarding activity. I've very fortunate that WTC is a non-political council, and I enjoy working with other councillors of all parties, to deliver the best for residents of Weymouth. Being a councillor has it's challenges, but I listen to local residents and thoroughly research the facts before coming to any decision."

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Alistair Chisholm - Dorchester Town Council

Alistair has been Town Crier of Dorchester for twenty five years.

As a professional tourist guide he has run the Thomas Hardy Explorer tours and the Dorchester Ghost Walk. Having championed the county town’s long, rich and varied heritage, he is pleased to see this aspect of its story play a more important part in its future.

He was elected to West Dorset District Council and played an important part in the public campaign to change from the one-party “Cabinet” system of governance to the more democratic “Committee’ system. Alistair is no on Dorchester Town Council.

As a board member of the Dorchester Area Community Land Trust (DACLT) Alistair recognises the huge local need for truly affordable housing and looks forward to work starting on the DACLT’s 15 flat unit on the old tennis courts in West Walks in 2022.

As the Co-ordinator of STAND (Save The Area North of Dorchester) he is opposed to the building of 4000 houses beyond the water meadows to the north of Dorchester. He believes few if any of these houses will be truly affordable for local people and the destruction of good farmland will do nothing to address the issue of climate change.

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