So, the poll has closed, Much Wenlock has given its verdict, and we have two new Town Councillors. They will be signing their papers shortly, which means they’ll be able to take part in the Town Council meeting on 17th May.
The result is shown below:
So, congratulations to Kate and Daniel and well done in getting your messages out to the electors so effectively. The turnout was 33%, reflecting the energetic campaign conducted by leafleting, some doorstep and street canvassing, and the use of social media for the first time by candidates in a Much Wenlock Town Council contest.
There was a demonstrable absence of enthusiasm on the part of the Town Council for an election after the two February resignations. Thankfully, this reluctance was overturned when not only was a by-election called by local electors, but it was also clear that there was to be a contested election.
In fairness, the official list of candidates wasn’t just displayed on the Town Council noticeboard in the centre of Much Wenlock, but also on the Homer and Bourton noticeboards. This is believed to be the first time this has occurred in recent years and it is a welcome step.
We have two new councillors, aged 26 and 35, both raised and educated in Much Wenlock. They have set out their aspirations for their term in office very clearly and we wish them well in their endeavours, which will require energy and resilience. Using the Town Council’s new strapline – “positive change can happen with positive communication”. Our two new councillors certainly communicated positively and, to that extent, have a stronger mandate than their nine colleagues. Let’s sincerely hope they can make a positive change.
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