Tory or UKIP? Time to decide
VOTERS will go to the polls in the Frithville ward later this month to fill a vacant East Lindsey District Council seat.
The by-election will be held on Thursday, September 12.
The two candidates are Conservative Party candidate Neil John Jones, of Langrick, and UK Independence Party candidate Colin Edward Daniel Mair, of Coningsby.
Voters will receive poll cards prior to the election date through the post which will detail which polling station they need to vote at.
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Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on the day of the election.
Here we profile the two candidates looking for your vote.
Neil Jones (Conservative)
I HAVE lived with my family in Langrick for 28 years and taken an active part in the community, being parish council chairman for 25 years, past school governor and a member of Revesby Country Fair Committee and Langriville PCC. I am passionately interested in ensuring rural communities continue to thrive and if elected would strive to ensure services continue to improve. Local government finances continue to be under pressure, we need to ensure that frontline services are protected for the future. I would lobby to get a fairer slice of the cake for rural areas. I strongly believe you need someone who is local, lives in the ward, and understand the needs of rural communities. I don't want to change our rural life but improve on what we have. I will campaign for local highways and safety improvements, represent local planning views and work in partnership with other authorities.
Colin Mair (UKIP)
A LOCAL election provides a unique opportunity to walk round the community and engage in conversation with people about the issues they feel are important. The Frithville ward has a wide geographical distribution and there are several common issues that have been repeatedly stated. These include the usual list such as the state of the roads, planning issues, green waste collection, parking charges in local villages and towns, library closures and roll-out of high speed broadband. One repeated theme was the feeling of isolation from local authorities with many people complaining they didn't even know a local election was coming up. This need for improved communication is an area where we should all try harder, trying to join the community to parish, district and county councils and will be where my greatest efforts will be directed in the future.