Is Shaftesbury’s ‘Stormy’ Town Council The Handforth Of The South?

Members of the public watching recent Shaftesbury Town Council meetings may question whether our town council is the Handforth of the South.

The debate is frequently interrupted by accusations and arguments over the procedure. There have been raised voices, personal attacks and insults – as you’ll hear in our report.

A Shaftesbury Town Council Zoom meeting

“We do have stormy meetings. It is unfortunate. But we are not the only council,” explained Shaftesbury’s mayor, Cllr Andy Hollingshead.

Andy tells Alfred that he hopes that the viral online video of the Cheshire-based council, watched by over 3 million people, will achieve some positive change.