COUNTY councillor Daryl Turner has outlined his “aspirations and ambitions” for the new unitary authority to come into force in Dorset later this year.
Updating residents in his regular ‘In Touch’ newsletter, the Conservative councillor said the formation of the new Dorset Council – which will replace existing district and county councils in May – was a “once in a lifetime opportunity” and intimated that he would be standing for election, saying it was “a task for an experienced councillor”.
Councillor Turner, a Lyme Regis resident who also serves on the district council, said: “My aspirations and ambitions are for Dorset Council to be a place where people want to live, visit, learn and work; a place of aspiration and prosperity where plans are made and ambitions are achieved, with an economy that really works for local people/
“We have an iconic coastal environment which needs to be highlighted globally, while also promoting a healthy and exciting place for people to live. What’s good for Dorset is good for Lyme regis and Charmouth.
“This is a new role in a new structure and with hard work great things can be achieved.”
Councillor Turner outlined his experience as both a district and county councillor, adding: “I do not make promises I can’t fulfil but do promise to continue to get our fair share for our new ward from our new council. Maintaining services to my best ability, looking at new ways to deliver them in the challenging times ahead.
“My objective is simple; if re-elected I will continue to work with and help out area in the new authority. A strong voice at the unitary table, taking your agenda to Dorchester. As always, you can be assured that I will always give 100 per cent.
“I have always helped our communities ensuring that the right things get done and the wrong things are challenged… I’ll continue to listen to those I represent and help those who need help.
“I truly believe that sustainable growth in Dorset as a whole will enable our area to become the resilient community it must be for the future, investing in infrastructure, education and working in ever closer partnership with Public Health, the Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS to deliver more.”