Still balancing act on district council
THURSDAY S elections have still left South Cambridgeshire District Council with no overall control. The Conservatives now have a total of 25 seats after gaining three, while the Liberal Democrats have been reduced to 19 seats after losing one. Labour has
THURSDAY'S elections have still left South Cambridgeshire District Council with no overall control.
The Conservatives now have a total of 25 seats after gaining three, while the Liberal Democrats have been reduced to 19 seats after losing one. Labour has just one seat.
The rest of the district council is made up of 12 independents.
In Bassingbourn, Councillor David McCraith (Con) was re-elected after receiving 56 per cent of the vote.
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He has already stood on the council for two years.
Cllr McCraith said: "I am delighted the residents of Bassingbourn, Litlington, Whaddon and Shingay-cum-Wendy have put their trust in me for another four years. It's a great honour.
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"I'm hoping it's a symbol of what's to come. More Conservatives are joining the district council and it will mean more Conservative policies, and that's what we want."
Cllr McCraith is particularly concerned about young people.
He said: "We need more facilities for them. We have a new dual-use sports facility in Bassingbourn and I hope that will help, and there's many organisations that need to get involved getting the youths into something they like doing."
Traffic and roads in the area is another concern for Cllr McCraith.
He said: "I would like to see if we could get something to bring the traffic speed down, for example inter-active signs."
In Melbourn, Cllr Janice Guest (Con) gained the seat from sitting Liberal Democrat councillor David Wherrell.
She said: "I am pleased because this is the first time I have stood as a candidate.
"I had a lot of support from the village and a good team who worked hard behind my campaign."
Meldreth councillor Cllr Dr Susan van de Ven (Lib Dem) was re-elected, and in Harston and Hauxton, Janet Lockwood (Lib Dem) was newly elected.
In Gamlingay Liberal Democrat Cllr Ann Elsby was re-elected.