Conservatives take all but one seat
Single independent will make up the opposition
ELECTIONS in South Bucks were dominated by the Conservatives, with the party taking all but one of the seats.
There is now just one independent councillor on South Bucks District Council, with no Liberal Democrats, UKIP or Labour candidates.
Paul Griffin won a seat in the Iver Village and Richings Park ward, with Bill Lidgate, who had previously been an independent district councillor, losing out in the Iver Heath ward to Conservatives Luisa Sullivan and Ray Sangster.
Councillor Griffin caused the biggest upset of the day by narrowly beating Conservative Ruth VigorHedderly, who is the current cabinet member for transport at Bucks County Council, to the position, by amassing 1,289 votes in comparison to her 1,254.
Mr Lidgate received 488 votes, with Mrs Sullivan receiving 1,264 and Mr Sangster 1,189. In the same ward, unsuccessful UKIP candidate John Fagan received 689.
The election marked the first time that district councillors had been elected to new wards after boundary changes which meant the number of councillors was reduced from 40 down to 28.
There are now single wards for Gerrards Cross and Denham instead of those areas being divided as they were before.
Chris Brown stood as an independent candidate for Gerrards Cross but received 1,279 votes and was beaten to the seat by Conservatives Barbara Gibbs, with 2,884 votes, Santokh Chhokar, with 2,537, and Duncan Smith, with 2,268.
Mr Brown said: “I’d like to thank all my 1,279 supporters in Gerrards Cross for voting for me as their independent candidate in the South Bucks District Council election.
“Although we did not make it, we certainly gave them a run for their money.
“It was great to meet so many people on their doorsteps during the election campaign.”
In Denham, where three UKIP candidates stood, they were all beaten by the three Conservative councillors: Barry Harding, Guy Hollis and Roger Reed.