Town Hall wel­comes new face

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

There’s a new face in Maidstone’s Town Hall.

Cllr Karen Chap­pell-Tay (pic­tured right) was wel­comed by the mayor, Cllr Dave Naghi, as she took her seat at her first full coun­cil meet­ing.

The Con­ser­va­tive, from The Street, Ul­combe, was elected to rep­re­sent Head­corn at a by-elec­tion on Septem­ber 13.

She re­ceived 686 votes - 277 more than her near­est ri­val Mer­i­lyn Sandford (Lib Dem).

Jim Gro­gan picked up 63 votes for Labour and Derek Ea­gle 40 for the Greens. The turn-out was 28.9%. Mrs Chap­pell-Tay re­places Shel­lina Pren­der­gast (Con), who quit the bor­ough coun­cil in July. She re­mains a Kent County Coun­cil­lor for Maidstone Ru­ral East.

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