Door is open for new faces

MATTHEW REVILLE con­tin­ues our elec­tion count­down with a look at the can­di­dates and key is­sues in wards to be con­tested on Thurs­day May 3. For more visit­ter­bor­oughto­­tions

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph -

THERE will be a smat­ter­ing of new faces rep­re­sent­ing Hunt­ing­don­shire res­i­dents fol­low­ing Thurs­day’s dis­trict coun­cil elec­tions.

The in­cum­bent coun­cil­lors in the Ram­sey, War­boys and Bury, and Yax­ley and Farcet wards whose seats are up for elec­tion this year have de­cided not to stand, leav­ing the door open for some fresh blood on Hunt­ing­don­shire Dis­trict Coun­cil.

More his­tory could be cre­ated in Ram­sey this year as the UK In­de­pen­dence Party looks to take over the ward com­pletely, with Con­ser­va­tive Philip Swales not seek­ing re-elec­tion.

The other two coun­cil­lors hold­ing seats in the Ram­sey ward, Ian Cur­tis and Peter Reeve, are both UKIP coun­cil­lors

The town hit na­tional head­lines last year af­ter Ram­sey Town Coun­cil be­came the first Ukip-con­trolled au­thor­ity in the coun­try.

And look­ing to build on that vic­tory is Town Mayor Lisa Duffy, who this year will be seek­ing to take on a seat on the dis­trict coun­cil.

Stand­ing in her way is Con­ser­va­tive Brian Cun­ning­ham, who will be look­ing to con­tinue Cllr Swales’ Tory reign, and Labour can­di­date Su­san Coomey, who re­ceived 309 votes in the ward last year.

In Yax­ley and Farcet, Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date Mark Oliver will look to con­tinue his party’s dom­i­nance in the ward as he seeks elec­tion in the seat va­cated by Tory coun­cil­lor John Watt.

One of the main is­sues for the ward over the com­ing years will be the im­pact the nearby Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil-led Great Had­don 5,500-home ur­ban ex­ten­sion will have on the two vil­lages.

Also stand­ing this year are Labour can­di­date Mar­garet Cochrane; UKIP’S Barry Hy­land; and Lib­eral Demo­crat Chris Waites.

In Sawtry, In­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor Dick Tu­plin is hop­ing to re­gain his seat, af­ter be­ing in­volved in a close bat­tle last time around when he won by just 199 votes. This time he will be up against Labour’s Mary How­ell and UKIP’S Roger Hen­son.

In War­boys and Bury, in­cum­bent Lib­eral Demo­crat coun­cil­lor Peter Ward is not stand­ing, with Tony Hulme stand­ing for the Lib­er­als this time. John Pethard will be stand­ing for the Con­ser­va­tive Party; Iain Rams­bot­tom is the Labour can­di­date; while Michael Tew will be hop­ing to se­cure the seat for UKIP.

There are also un­con­tested parish coun­cil elec­tions tak­ing place in Sawtry, War­boys, Great and Lit­tle Gid­ding and Glatton.

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