Election roundup

June 05 2019
Election roundup

Results from Filton and Cheswick


In dramatic scenes and after a second recount, Conservative Chris Wood ousted standing councillor Ian Scott (Labour) by just one vote to claim the second Filton seat on South Glos Council.
Cllr Adam Monk retained his seat, meaning Filton has one Labour and one Conservative councillor.
The declaration night at Bradley Stoke was a tense affair, with Chris Wood ahead of Ian Scott on the first count.
The first recount saw his lead cut to one and it was only after the second recount produced the same result that Mr Scott conceded defeat.
A visibly relieved Cllr Wood spoke to Filtonvoice after the result.
He said: "Ian Scott is a tough act to follow. The campaign has been mentally and physically exhausting and I am grateful to the people of Filton.
"My first priority is my petition to open up the junction at Station Road and Filton Avenue which I plan to present to Parliament."
Cllr Monk, who topped the poll with 769 votes, said: "It is all about delivering for the community.
"I want to pay tribute to Ian Scott who has been a really good councillor.
"When he spoke, people listened and he will be a loss to the council."
For the other parties, it was a difficult night, and a resurgence for the lib Dems nationally did not translate into votes in Filton.
UKIP also struggled despite the ongoing national debate on Brexit.
A reduction in the numbers of councillors meant Filton was electing two councillors, down from the previous three.
Veteran Labour councillor Roger Hutchinson stood down, leaving Cllr Monk and Mr Scott to fly the Labour flag.


Cheswick and Stoke Park

The first elected councillor for the new ward of Cheswick and Stoke Park is James Arrowsmith, a part-time student at UWE.
The Lib Dem secured more than 50% of the vote in a three-way battle with the Conservatives and Labour for one seat.
Cheswick and Stoke Park includes UWE, but students failed to engage in the election - the university polling station saw just 19 voters turn up out of a possible 250.
Cllr Arrowsmith said: "I am elated at the result.
"I spoke to a lot of people on the cmpaign and I hope I do them justice.
"Parking is a priority and I want to work with UWE and the MoD to tackle the root causes.
"I also want to get businesses into the empty units on teh square in Cheswick and I hope we can work towards getting rents down.This election showed people are disillusioned with national politics and feel let down over things like Brexit."
In second place was Conservative George Maggs.
He said: "Obviously I'm disappointed not to have won, but James fought an energetic campaign and in the end was the clear winner.
"Overall though, I'm pleased the Conservatives managed to retain control of the Council so we can continue to deliver for the people of South Gloucestershire."
Dayley Lawrence placed third for Labour.


Filton Town Council

For Filton Town Council, there will be a familiar look with some new faces sprinkled in to add to the debate.
The political makeup is now eight Labour councillors, three Conservative, one UKIP and one Independent.
The election in Northville say standing councillor and pharmacist Dammy Layade ousted with newcomers Andy Robinson (Ind), Ailsa Jonstone (Lab) and Chris Wood (Cons) joining Labour's Darryl Collins and Mubashar Chaudhry.
In Charborough ward, there was consolation for Ian Scott who lost his South Glos set to Chris Wood as he and his Labour colleagues Adam Monk and newcomer Tom Mewies were elected.
There was no contest in Conygre ward with just five candidates for the five seats.
All five standing councillors were returned to the council.
At the first meeting of the new council, Darryl Collins was re-elected chair and and Alex Doyle as vice-chair.
Issues raised included local campaigner Brian Smith renewing his call for the council to consider installing lifesaving defibrillators at strategic locations around the town.
Cllr Wood said he would like to see an investigation into the possibility of creating a bylaw  which would ban drivers from parking on grass verges.
Cllr Scott said one issue would be who enforces such a bylaw.