COUNCILLORS and residents are joining forces to create a new political party in the South East of the district.
South Elmsall town councillor Wilf Benson - an independent - claims he wants to make the area more democratic.
Along with South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Town Councillor Harold Mills, former South Elmsall councillor Fred Hilton and former South Elmsall candidate Martyn Sullivan they have formed the Local and District Party ready for the next district elections in 2014 and town elections in 2015.
He said: “Democracy will only work if there is an opposition party but in the South Elmsall, South Kirkby and Upton area all we have is one main party which has been in power for years.
“Labour are focusing on national issues and forgetting local people and local issues and that is what we are about.”
One of the issues they are opposed to is the purchase of many former Wakefield Council buildings.
He said that Labour may be taking things on that could increase the precept for residents in years to come.
Many residents have already supported the new party by attending the meetings they hold on a Saturday at South Elmsall Library, on Barnsley Road.
Coun Benson said: “It was quite overwhelming to see that many people turn up, but just goes to show how many residents are dissatisfied with the way the area is being run,
“We are going to do everything we can to get ready for the next set of town and district elections and will fight for every seat.”
A joint statement from South Elmsall and South Kirkby district Labour party councillors, Steve Tulley, Laurie Harrison and Michelle Collins said: “This group is made up of the same disaffected people who were rejected by the electorate in May, together with disaffected ex-Labour party members – we are talking about the same old faces under a different guise.
“As your local district councillors, we have had many previous successes in the community and continue to work hard on behalf of local residents and to focus on achieving the very best for our local area and we would like to thank the electorate for re-electing a strong, committed Labour team only four months ago in May.”
If anyone wants to get involved with the party they should contact Coun Benson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01977 658609.
Visit www.yourlocalparty.co.uk for more details.