Jonathan Bacon (Our Island)

Jonathan is the former leader of the Isle of Wight Council as part of the Island Independent party. He is now the leader of the Our Island group.

“Drawing on my past experiences as a councillor at county and parish level, I want to pursue changes to the current system which currently discourages many able people from getting involved in local politics. I also want to help develop a closer relationship between residents, parish and town councils and the Isle of Wight council.

“The current pandemic has shown that developing localism, whereby volunteers and village town based organisations are empowered, allows such bodies to act efficiently and responsively for their communities. Greater powers should also be given to allow such bodies to play a part in decisions that affect them, in particular in relation to planning.”

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