Search

New Lowestoft Town councillor hails it as ‘a historic day for the town’

PUBLISHED: 17:36 05 May 2017 | UPDATED: 17:37 05 May 2017

Lowestoft Town sign.

Lowestoft Town sign.

©archant2015

It has been a historic day for local democracy with representatives voted onto the new Lowestoft Town Council for the first time.

The results of three out of the seven wards for Lowestoft were announced this afternoon (Friday) following the results of the Suffolk County Council election in Waveney.

Four wards were uncontested – Normanston, Gunton, Pakefield and St Margaret’s – meaning many automatically secured a seat.

However residents were still asked to vote for the Elmtree, Harbour and Kirkley wards.

Councillors elected for the Elmtree parish ward were: Peter Lang (Green) 588, Bill Mountford (Independent) 997 and Nick Webb (Independent) 875.

Elected for the Harbour parish ward were: Nasima Begum (Labour) 629, Ian Graham (Labour) 657 and Peter Knight (Independent) 563.

And elected for the Kirkley parish ward were: Desmond Baldry (Independent) 716, June Ford (Labour) 557 and Alice Taylor (Independent) 699.

Other representatives who gained a seat in the uncontested wards were: Alan Green (Labour) for Pakefield, Graham Parker (Independent) for Gunton, Allyson Barron (Labour) and Baz Bemment (Independent) for St Margaret’s, and Neil Coleby (Labour), Tracey Eastwood and Keith Patience (Labour) for Normanston.

Nick Webb, outgoing Lowestoft mayor and a new town councillor, said: “I’m incredibly proud and it is a historic day for the town. We all want to make it work for the people of Lowestoft.

“Whether or not we still have a mayor is up for discussion at our first meeting.

“But without a shadow of a doubt I think it should continue. As outgoing mayor I have had a fantastic year, and speaking to the people of Lowestoft I think they think it is important.

“We’ve got some incredible people in our town and I think we should be proud.”

The vote for the new Oulton Broad Parish Council was also due to take place yesterday, however all the seats were uncontested.

Councillors representing Oulton Broad are: Christine Ashdown, Ben Falat (Independent), William Harding (Independent), Sandra Keller, Andrew Page, Steve Sturgess (Impendent.)

The new councils will represent local people on local issues and will be responsible for some services and assets in the area like play areas, parks and gardens. Some of the larger assets due to be transferred include Lowestoft Town Hall, the Marina Theatre and Nicholas Everitt Park.

The first meeting of Oulton Broad Parish Council will take place on May 15 at Riverside in Lowestoft, with future meetings likely to be held at St Mark’s Church in Oulton Broad. Lowestoft Town Council will meet for the first time on May 16, also at Riverside. It will then be for the new council to decide where they will hold their meetings.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other news

23 minutes ago

The trial of a 58-year-old Suffolk woman who allegedly claimed benefits without informing the authorities that she owned a property in Spain will take place in April.

26 minutes ago

A 71-year-old Suffolk man accused of sexually assaulting a schoolgirl more than 40 years ago threatened to continue the abuse if she told anyone about it, it has been alleged.

17:38

An extra £120,000 is to be spent on drug wipe kits as Suffolk Police cracks down on those driving under the influence.

17:29

Tributes have been paid to a retired care home manager from Lowestoft who died following a two-vehicle crash at the weekend.

Most Read

A jilted Lowestoft husband launched a “brutal attack” on his sister-in-law and her son, as he sought revenge for his wife leaving him.

Read more
United Kingdom
Yesterday, 20:47

A woman was raped in a car in Lowestoft yesterday in what police have described as a “despicable attack”.

Read more

The hunt for a suspect is continuing after a woman was raped in a car in Lowestoft.

Read more
17:29

Tributes have been paid to a retired care home manager from Lowestoft who died following a two-vehicle crash at the weekend.

Read more

An elderly driver escaped injury after his car came off the A143 near Gillingham.

Read more
Norfolk Police

Later in Life

cover

Click here to view
the Later in Life
supplement

View

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 1°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Lowestoft Journal
e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter