LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS, MAY & JULY 2013
July 27th, 2013
Elections for the Wiltshire Unitary Council and local town and parish councils were held on THURSDAY 2nd MAY this year, followed by a by-election on 18th July.
The local seats affected are:-
Devizes Town has three wards (East, North and South). There are six town councilors for each of the E & N Wards and five for the S Ward. There were Guardians candidates in each of the Wards and all were elected.
The Guardians have a total of ten Town Councillors out of seventeen. Of the other seven, one is an independent and six are Conservatives. One of the Conservatives who had been elected on 2nd May resigned without stating a reason shortly afterwards and there was a by-election on 18th July at which Guardian Andy Geddes was elected.
No Labour or Liberal Democrat Councillors were elected.
There is one Wiltshire Councillor for each Devizes Ward . The Wiltshire Council Division for the South of Devizes is called Devizes and Roundway South because it is slightly larger than the South Ward for the Town Council and a small part of the southern end of Roundway has been included in it. These three divisions had previously been held by Guardians councilors, but the Conservatives won all three after a well funded, intensive and sustained advertising campaign bringing in canvasing resources from other towns.
Roundway division has one Wiltshire Unitary Councillor. It was contested by the Guardians but the Conservative candidate held onto this seat.
The Parish of Roundway had vacancies for 13 councilors. It did not hold elections because there were fewer candidates than vacant seats.
Guardians councillors are:
Devizes Town Council East Ward – Jane Burton, Andy Geddes, Roger Giraud-Saunders, Albert Wooldridge.
Devizes Town Council North Ward – Sarah Bridewell, Nigel Carter, Peter Smith.
Devizes Town Council South Ward – Edward East, Jeffrey Ody, Judy Rose
Roundway Parish Council – Andy Geddes, Steve Valentine and Albert Wooldridge.