New Chapel ward councillor thanks electorate

General News.
General News.

The winner of last week’s by-election in the district council’s Chapel St Leonards ward has moved to thank the public for their support.

Labour’s Fiona Brown won with 328 votes in last Thursday’s election, roughly 150 votes ahead of her nearest rival, UKIP’s Giles Crust, in second place.

It was Labour’s first victory in the ward for a decade.

Just over 30 per cent of voters turned out.

In a statement Ms Brown said: “A very big thank you to all the people who came out to vote for me in the Chapel St Leonards ward by-election.

“Labour had a great win with a clear majority of 150 votes over UKIP who came second and the Tories last out of five candidates. This was the first Labour victory in the ward for over 10 years.

“I decided to stand as a candidate because I could see and hear from people that they felt the area had lost its shine, and they were struggling to get the services they needed and they felt ignored by people who they see as serving themselves rather than the good residents of this fine area.

“People are fed up of a planning system which promotes development of caravans for tourism, but lacks the necessary wider investment in infrastructure for residents and visitors to enjoy.

“Caravans bring tourists, we know that and we welcome it, but the people need some pay back.

“It is an affront that in return for almost 300 caravans the best planning gain afforded the people is a half price swim at a local leisure pool. Aghast – yes me too – we need our elected representative to do much, much better on our behalf and get us the services and infrastructure commensurate with the true numbers of people who live and work in the area.

“I have high hopes for the area and lots of ideas on how to make this area the best it can be, where the villages are blooming and the economy is thriving and the local people share in the prosperity and have better access to the services they need.

“Sounds simple but actually there are some critical issues in the area around lack of housing and poor road infrastructure, low pay and seasonal work, unemployment, low expectation and scandalously poor health statistics.

“Many people feel ignored and isolated and their issues are not being addressed.

“I aim to highlight the issues and challenge the relevant authorities to invest more and start to make change for the better. I will promote the splendour of the area at every opportunity and we need to have a ‘cultural offering’ to put the area on the tourist map.

“I am honoured to serve you the people and will work hard to make this part of the Lincolnshire coast the true gem that it is.

“Chapel is magical, Anderby Creek is spectacular the people of Hogsthorpe and Anderby and Chapel are some of the kindest, generous and community spirited people I know.

“Finally, but most importantly, I will keep in touch with you, listen to what you have to say, treat you with dignity and respect, and get things done,” she added.