Former Seaford mayor Anthony White has returned to the town council after winning last-week’s closely-fought North ward by-election, while UKIP also gained two seats in the East ward.
Cllr White stepped down from his role as mayor and on the town council earlier this year citing stress and ill health.
He stood as an independent councillor in Thursday’s by-election (March 27) on the North ward and won with 429 votes, pipping fellow ex Seaford mayor Tracey Willis at the post.
Tracey stood for the Conservative Party and came in second place with 403 votes, while Lorna Jones standing for the Labour Party came in third with 115 votes.
While the victory sees a return to the town council for Cllr White, he was unable to rescind his resignation as mayor due to council rules and at a full council meeting earlier this year, Councillor Mark Brown was elected as mayor.
Elsewhere, UKIP continued to make further in-roads in East Sussex by winning two more seats on Seaford East in the by-election.
Two seats were vacant after Adrian Campbell and Rita Scarfe left their posts and these were won by George Cook with 496 votes and Linda Lord with 457.
Liberal Democrat candidate Ian Cairns took 296 votes, with Paul De Courcy Bower securing 270 votes for the Lib Dems, while the Conservative candidate Roger Foxwell won 280 votes and Jim Lord took 271 votes for the Tories.
In last position was the Labour Party, with Helen Renson winning 94 votes and Matthew Basford 102.
The result now means that the Seaford East ward is represented by all UKIP councillors on the town council as Cllr Cook and Cllr Lord join Cllr Roger Needham (UKIP) and Cllr Dr Alan Latham (UKIP).