Ben says he’ll bring ‘youthful’ approach to Filton Town Council
Published on: 10 Jul 2015
Filton Town Council is finally full after the authority’s 13th member was co-opted on at a recent meeting.
Labour’s Ben Scott will represent Northville ward after seeing off a challenge from Conservative Alan Booth and local resident Howard Bowker.
Mr Scott, pictured below, said that having been brought up and educated in the area and been active in local politics, at the age of 23 he would try to represent the interests of younger people.
The vacancy arose after there were just four candidates who stood for five vacancies for Northville in the May election.
Councillors agreed a one member one vote process and largely voted along party lines - despite being urged by Mr Bowker to disregard affiliations.
Labour’s Adam Monk, Ian Scott, Brian Mead and Darryl Collins - along with Independent and former Labour councillor Bill Moore - backed Mr Scott.
Conservatives Doug Daniels, Anne Kenyon and John Tucker, along with UKIP’s Alan Tink, voted for Mr Booth.
Mr Bowker had support from Conservative Maria Silveira and UKIP’s Keith Briffett.
A further candidate, UKIP parliamentary candidate and former mayor of Bradley Stoke Ben Walker - who grew up in Filton - withdrew, saying there were plenty of good local candidates.
In his address to councillors, Mr Scott, pictured left, said he was a former pupil of Charborough Road Primary and the then Filton High (Abbeywood) and that he had had a longstanding interest in politics.
He said he wanted to bring a ‘youthful approach’ to the council.
Mr Booth, a retired man from Filton Park, said he was concerned about bus shelters and dog mess.
Mr Bowker, a former assistant bank manager and chair of Charborough Road Primary, told the council that if he were elected he would work for the overall good of all residents.
He - along with Mr Walker - said councillors should vote for the best candidate, not the party.