Fleetwood Town Council’s new member Brian Stephenson promises he will be an outspoken councillor who won’t shy away from speaking his mind.
Coun Stephenson and fellow Labour man William “Billy” Glasgow took the two vacant seats in the Town Council’s by-elections in Park and Rossall wards last Thursday.
The elections proceeded smoothly, although there was a markedly low turnout in the polls.
Coun Stephenson said: “I will be outspoken and say things as I find them, but above all I will do my best to ensure the money which the Town Council has at its disposal will be spent wisely for Fleetwood.
“One project I would like to fight for would be the provision of CCTV cameras to tackle vandals at King George’s Playing Fields, and I will be asking the council to consider some funding for it.”
Coun Stephenson, who is also a borough councillor for Park ward, was elected with 230 votes.
Conservative candidate Anne Martin received 196 votes while Kevin Pilkington, standing for Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts (TUSC), polled 39 votes.
The turnout in Park ward was 15.62%.
In Rossall ward, Billy Glasgow took 394 votes, Conservative candidate Colin Maycock received 345 and Raymond Smith (TUSC), polled 179 votes.The turnout was 20.10%.
Coun Glasgow, who succeeded at the polls for the first time in seven election attempts, said: “I felt top of the world when the results came in.
“It’s still sinking in but I’m looking forward to starting as a councillor.”
The by-elections proved controversial even before voters went to the polls, with a row over the “politicisation” of the non-political council, and anger over the £16,000 cost of the election.
Most existing councillors favoured the co-opting route, which would cost nothing, but Labour and TUSC candidates argued that elections were more democratic.
However, after the results, council chairman Coun Terry Rogers said: “The new councillors have assured me they will work on behalf of Fleetwood Town Council and I look forward to working with them, for the good of Fleetwood.”