PEOPLE have come together in Winsford to form a new group of Independent councillors aiming to put ‘people before politics’ and 'make the town a better place'.

With elections for Winsford Town Council and Cheshire West and Chester Council looming, a group of people wanting to make ‘big changes’ to how the councils are run, have announced their intention to stand as candidates under the banner of 'Winsford Salt of the Earth’.

The group is now looking for more people who ‘want to see more power in the hands of those with salt of the earth values and experience, who really understand and care about the town and share a determination to make the improvements the good people of Winsford have been waiting so long for’.

Independent town councillor Ernie Welch, who brought the group together, is inviting anyone wanting to find out more about how they can stand as a candidate for ‘Winsford Salt of the Earth’ to a ‘brew and chat’ event at The Old Star Pub, Swanlow Lane, at 5.30pm on Thursday, March 2.

Cllr Welch said: "It’s clear to me political tribalism is preventing people from having a proper say.

"We have seen many instances of self-praise and worse, which sadly is typical within and between political parties, but is unacceptable and not how things should be done.

"If people are fed up and want to see things brought back to basics, they can consider joining us as a candidate, helping our campaign and voting us into as many seats as possible.

"Together let’s put people before politics and make our town a better place."

At the local elections in May, there will be 15 Winsford Town Council seats up for election and seven Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Cllr Welch added: “Winsford deserves better and with your support, ‘Winsford Salt of the Earth’ are determined to put things right.

"We are building a team of people who we trust to put political divisions aside and make this town our number one priority."