Labour take several gains

Counting for the Wyre Council local elections at Fleetwood's Marine Hall gets under way
Counting for the Wyre Council local elections at Fleetwood's Marine Hall gets under way
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Conservative councillors have vowed to redouble their efforts after losing a number of seats to the Labour party in the Wyre borough elections.

The election at the Fleetwood Marine Hall which ran into the early hours of Friday morning saw Labour take several gains from the Conservative party.

Labour now has 15 seats - an increase of six - while the Conservative party has retained control of the council with 40 seats, down from 45.

In the Garstang ward Conservative Coun Lady Dulcie Atkins, wife of MEP Sir Robert Atkins, retained her seat with 1,272 votes in a ballot with a turnout of 48.6%.

She said: “We are all very delighted and have the great privilege of representing Garstang again.

“I am going to be Mayor of Garstang so I have got that on my mind next.

“I hope people think we have been able to make sure Garstang is always on the map.

“I am excited, it is wonderful and we will do our best for the ward.”

Conservative Coun Tom Balmain also retained his Garstang seat.

He said: “It is 100% thanks to the electorate who I call our shareholders.

“We have been working hard to make sure they get the best value for money and hopefully we will continue to give them zero rise in council tax.”

Preesall also retained all three of its Conservative seats in a ballot with a turnout of 47.6%.

Coun Paul Moon, who received 1,220 votes, said: “We are very pleased with our success.

“The council has grown stronger and more efficient and we will continue to play our individual roles in that process.”

Conservative Val Wilson, who is a Lancashire county councillor for Garstang, stood against 20-year-old Labour candidate Ben Whittingham in the Wyresdale ward and won the seat with 592 votes against 261 in a ballot which saw a 54% turnout.

She said: “I know parking problems need addressing and people don’t want any more houses to be built in the area.”

Some had tipped an upset in the Pilling ward but Conservative Coun Donald Lawrenson retained his seat with 523 votes in a ballot with a 47.1% turnout.

He said: “You never take things for granted but you hope people see you are doing your best.

“It will be more of the same.

“We are trying to get good services at less cost.

“This is my fifth term and I still feel I have a job to do.”

There were no Liberal Democrat candidates in the election after David Sharples opted not to contest his Catterall ward seat.

The seat was taken uncontested by Conservative Dave Smith.

Brock ward was also taken uncontested by Conservative Pete Murphy.

Labour gained two seats in Rossall from the Conservatives, two from Conservatives and one from an Independent in Warren, one from the Conservatives in Park ward and one gain from the Conservatives in Cleveleys Park.