MEMBERS of the new-look Droitwich Town Council will meet on Monday (May 18) for the first time since the town council election last Thursday.
The authority has 18 seats and, following the latest poll and because of councillors standing down, nine of them are new to the roles.
In Droitwich Spa Central, Conservative Roy Murphy held onto his seat and the second one was claimed by Labour’s Alan Humphries. Both seats previously were Conservative. Of the others, Tory Karen Tomalin received 445 votes and Labour’s Sheila Seabourne polled 399.
In Droitwich Spa East, four Conservatives got in – Jan Bolton, Christine Bowden, Bob Brookes, who is coming to the end of his term as mayor, and Glenise Noyes. They polled 1,558, 1,415, 1,551 and 1,394 respectively. Sheila Neary, representing Labour, missed out. The political make up of the ward remained the same there.
There were gains for the Conservatives in Droitwich Spa West – before there were three Labour councillors and one Tory. But now all four are Conservatives, with Laurence Evans (919), Shaun Best (902), Catherine Powell (896) and Allan Roberts (865) winning seats. The nearest Labour candidate was Jon Cook who finished fifth with 848 votes.
In Copcut, Conservative Richard Morris polled 1,553 and Maureen Lawley received 1,369 votes – they both held their seats, defeating the challenge from Labour’s Stephen Ainsworth.
Two Tories held the two seats in Tagwell, with Angela Hawkins (609) and Sital Harris (563) now representing the area. Ken Jennings and Anne Taft had previously represented the Conservatives there.
And in Witton, Robert Beale and Tom Noyes – both Conservatives – won their seats with 1,051 and 984 votes respectively.
That now means there are 17 Conservatives and one Labour representative on Droitwich Town Council.
Before last Thursday, it was 14 Conservatives and four Labour councillors.
At Monday’s meeting, the town mayor and deputy town mayor will be elected for the forthcoming year and the leadership of each party will be announced.
Town council representatives will also be nominated for other bodies and a programme of meetings will be decided for 2015/16.
Visit: www.droitwichspa.gov.uk for more on Droitwich Spa Town Council.