candidates set to fight County Council by-election
Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have announced their candidates
for next month's county council by-election in the Brent Knoll
District councillor John Denbee, who lives in Chapel Allerton,
will be representing the Conservatives and town councillor Helen
Groves, from Burnham, will stand on behalf of the Lib Dems.
The election for the vacant Brent seat follows the death of long-serving
councillor Alan Ham, who passed away on September 20th following
a short illness.
The deadline for nominations for candidates closed on Friday
and the election is due to take place on December 1st. The last
day to apply for postal votes is 16th November.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I have lived in the area all my
life and know the locality and many of the residents very well.
I truly believe in the local government system together with the
duty it has to provide the right services, at the right cost for
the benefit of those living in the area. I am also keen to continue
the good work Alan has done for our local area, he will be a hard
act to follow but I can promise, if elected, I will do my best
to represent everyone to the best of my ability."
Helen believes in serving local communities and is on the Boards
of Burnham's Octopus Childrens Centre and her local residents
asociation. She's both a residents advocate to the Council
and the liaison link for her Community Hall.
She said: "I care passionately about our rural communities
and landscape and I will work with and support you to preserve
Somersets natural environment."
She added: "I fully understand the importance of renewable
energy, but I do not believe it is necessary to destroy the natural
beauty of the Somerset Levels to achieve this."
Helen has spent the majority of her working life within the financial
and business sectors and says that if she's elected she will fight
to ensure that local services are preserved and delivered efficiently.
"I believe many of the current reductions to our services
are ill-considered and represent false economies. A good understanding
of fiscal management is crucial in the current challenging economic
environment. I will strive to bring common sense and financial
acumen to County Hall."