The Independent candidates running for election on to Cornwall Council this May have set out their priorities.

They are not associated with any of the main political parties, but over the past four years have been a group forming a coalition with the Liberal Democrats to lead the council. It is separate from the Independent Alliance Group formed by Dulcie Tudor (Threemilestone and Gloweth), Bob Egerton (Probus, Tregony and Grampound) and Andrew Wallis (Porthleven and Helston West) last August.

These are the Independent councillors seeking re-election:

Mary May - Penryn - Mary May has previously served on Penryn Town Council and says her priorities are "Homes, jobs, protecting our green spaces, supporting Cornwall Council’s Climate Change Development Document.

"I am also supportive of smaller bus usage in and around our Town, to reduce carbon emissions, which will enable better health for residents."

Mike Thomas - Helston North - Mike Thomas has previously served as town mayor as well as on Cornwall Council and is seeking re-election.

In a statement, Mike said he would "continue to be of assistance to all residents as they face issues involving Council Services or concerns with any organisation active in my electoral division.

Carolyn Rule - Mullion & St Keverne - Carolyn Rule has previously served on both Mullion Parish Council and Cornwall Council.

In a statement on social media, Carolyn said her aims were "Genuinely affordable homes, real jobs that pay a decent wage, accessible Education opportunities for all and Community based care.

David Saunby - Falmouth Trescobeas and Budock - David Saunby has previously served on both Falmouth Town Council and Cornwall Council.

In a message to the people of Budock, David said he would do his utmost to obtain an agreement that the mobile post office would visit more often after the loss of the post office.

Julian Rand MBE - Helston South and Meneage - Julian Rand has previously served as an independent councillor for St Keverne and Meneage on Cornwall Council.

Julian has said he will be looking to support constituents on matters such as planning issues, road maintenance, safety, housing and children's schooling from early years to post-16 as well as address local economic matters by helping to promote inward investment to local businesses in order to create jobs and opportunities.