Independents have done very well - nationally:
Futures Forum: Independents set a trend for local elections
Futures Forum: District Council elections: Lib Dems and Independents "make significant gains across Devon"
As John Harris says:
Don’t look to national politics for hope: you’ll find it thriving in local councils | John Harris | Opinion | The Guardian
And things seem to be coming together locally:
District council coalition talks 'ongoing' says East Devon Alliance leader
PUBLISHED: 12:42 13 May 2019
Paul Arnott, leader of the Independent East Devon Alliance, said they are in talks with other independent councillors over the formation of the council
Discussions over the formation of the district council are ongoing according to the leader of the Independent East Devon Alliance (IEDA).
Paul Arnott, councillor for Coly Valley, has welcomed the decision by the Liberal Democrats to 'support the formation of an independent-led administration'.
There are now 11 IEDA councillors at East Devon District Council and a partnership with the independent group, which has 20 councillors, would give the coalition overall control of the council.
The Liberal Democrats said they are not interested in forming a coalition with any other parties or groups.
Mr Arnott said: "We were very pleased to be told by the Liberal Democrats that they would be prepared to support the formation of an Independent-led administration.
"As Independent East Devon Alliance councillors we have principles based on accountability, democracy and transparency.
"We believe we were all elected to run the council to the highest standards while also reforming its governance from the outset.
"We are currently in discussions with other independents about how best to deliver this."
East Devon Independent Alliance in ongoing talks over district council formation | Honiton, Axminster and Seaton news - Midweek Herald