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We want a say – postscript

The outcome of the election I described in my last post was that the independent candidate opposing the development was elected, in a very close contest.  He ousted the sitting member by 48 votes, just 0.1% of the votes cast, garnering the support of 2079 voters.

However, there is more confusion and some irony, because he was standing for election to the County Council.  The County does not of course have any planning powers in relation to housing development. So I am baffled as to how the candidate, now member, is going to fulfil his election promise “Your chance to say NO”.  In fact, he is on the council which has the opportunity to make good the defect from which the development most suffers – the need for a new road from the west of the town.

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