Abysmally low turnout mars council election
A NEWLY-ELECTED councillor has promised to work hard for his constituents - despite only being elected with less than six per cent of the electorate's support.
Lincolnshire Independent Mark Suffield triumphed in a Sleaford Town Council by-election last week.
He saw off competition from the only other candidate, independent Paul McCallum.
Cllr Suffield, from Mareham Lane, obtained 75 votes, 22 more than Mr McCallum.
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But there is once again concern over poor turnout figures with just six per cent of Sleaford Holdingham's 2,000- strong population bothering to vote.
Cllr Suffield said: "Obviously I want to thank everyone who voted for me.
"It is a shame it was such a low turnout but if you get elected, you get elected.
"It doesn't matter if you get one vote. If you get in, you just have to work hard for the constituents and that is what I plan to do. I am delighted to have won and I will work very hard. I really wanted to win this.
"I live and work in the Sleaford area and feel passionate about the town and its future.
"Sleaford needs regeneration and we certainly need to consider all the options to secure the future of our town.
"After studying all the information, I am very concerned about the closing of the railway crossing and the additional road through the recreation ground."
The by-election was called after predecessor John Charlesworth stepped aside.
Voters had been able to cast their vote at the Jolly Scotchman pub in the town - the same venue that staged the count at 10.30pm.
There were no spoilt votes.
Leader of Lincolnshire Independents Marianne Overton, added: "Although there remains a real concern over such a poor turnout we are of course delighted to have gained a seat on Sleaford Town Council.
"I believe the turnout was particularly low on this occasion because there were only two candidates and that none of the more recognised political parties featured in the running.
"Mark has worked extremely hard and we wish him all the best in his new role. He really deserves this success."