Talavera Ward now has 2 Lib Dem Town Councillors.
New Councillor Jackie Fuchshuber is seen her with long standing councillor Dennis Meredith.
The count at Blackthorn Good Neighbours centre was very tense but happy faces finally.
Next day she was in town, signing papers and getting a an early introduction to the job and Jackie wishes to say a big THANK YOU! to those who supported her or who helped the campaign
In both urban and rural areas of West Northamptonshire, the Liberal Democrats have gained councillors, meaning a solid Liberal Democrat base on the new West Northamptonshire Council.
First result to be declared on Friday’s count at Silverstone was Dennis Meredith winning in Talavera before eyes turned to the ward of Towcester and Roade where the numbers were looking incredibly close. Lisa Samiotis won but the national picture saw a disappointment: David Tarbun pipped to the post by only a handful of Conservative votes. The next Lib Dem win was Rosie Humphreys in Braunston and Crick, the first ever win in the Daventry area for the party at this council level. This was followed by Sally Beardsworth topping the poll in Kingsthorpe South. The long count ended on a high on Friday evening with Jonathan Harris winning in Brixworth to take the seat of the former Conservative Leader of Daventry District Council.
Despite the Conservative financial and service provision failures at the old councils, the national picture helped secure victory for enough Conservative councillors to run the new West Northamptonshire council. Labour failed to break through seeing some long time Labour areas turn blue in the vote and the Greens did not win any seats.
What can be done about the dire state of local roads was the topic of discussion on Daventry Radio on Sunday. “I live on the Northants and Warwickshire border,” said guest Andrew Simpson, “and when you drive on the same road from Northamptonshire into Warwickshire you can see straight away that the road in Warwickshire is in a better state.”
“It would be more cost effective to address road problems in advance when you know you will need to, rather than wait for problems,” Malcolm Simms speaking on behalf of the Asphalt Industry Alliance to Daventry Radio said. He added, “ We need £1.5 billion per year over the next ten years, so £15 billion in total, to get roads in the UK where we would like them.”
How much it will cost the new council of West Northamptonshire to deal with its backlog of road repairs is estimated in the tens of millions. With a local Conservative councillor telling the radio show that there are “about 30 roads within half a mile of where I live” that need resurfacing, it is clear that the problem is much greater than just filling in a few potholes.
Tomorrow sees an historic reorganisation of local government in Northamptonshire with the County Council and District Councils being replaced with two new councils, West Northamptonshire and North Northamptonshire.
Cllr Chris Lofts, who worked for 35 years in local government followed by 12 years as a Liberal Democrat councillor, spoke to BBC Northampton this afternoon and was asked what the future might hold. His biggest fear that while the councils might be new, Northamptonshire’s problems haven’t changed and people are suffering from chronically underfunded services. “The role of a council isn’t to be a business,” said Chris Lofts. “It is there to provide a service and most of all, look after the vulnerable.”
The Conservatives, while only having 1% to offer nurses, have pushed through an inflation busting 5.9% rise in Council Tax from April for residents in Daventry district and 5.3% for residents in South Northants. Coming with this extra Council Tax is no improvements to local services that under the Conservatives have suffered years of cuts.
Liberal Democrat Councillor Lisa Samiotis says: “Following the failures and repeated mismanagement by the Tories, a new council takes over in April. However, this budget continues down the well-trod Tory path of inadequate local services and now, higher taxes.
Liberal Democrats proposed a fully costed alternative budget that would have seen a lower rise in Council Tax, as well as being able to ring fence £1 million into climate emergency initiatives.
It has now been confirmed that local polls will go ahead on 6th May this year. Who do you want as your local representatives? You may not have had a say since 2015 given the Northamptonshire local council switch and the pandemic so it is more important than ever to vote and vote wisely. The switch of local government in Northamptonshire will see the county divided into two large councils; West and North.