Seaford goes to the polls today in by-election

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Voters in Seaford will go to the polls today (Thursday) to decide who will replace Councillor Andrew Hamilton who controversially quit earlier this year.

The Conservative councillor stood down after his colleagues voted for an increase in town council tax.

He said he could not support the move to raise the amount, stating he had campaigned in last year’s May local elections promising that the precept would not rise this year.

At a meeting in January it was agreed to approve the precept in the sum of £509,629 for 2012-13.

It meant residents living in Band D properties would be paying an extra £4.42 a year per household.

After his announcement Councillors Sylvia Dunn and Maxine Buck who were also Conservatives, decided to switch to being independent councillors.

The Lindfield Avenue resident’s departure means a by-election is now taking place and people have the chance to vote for one of four candidates who are standing.

Three men and one woman have put themselves forward to represent the town as an East Ward councillor.

The polls at St Luke’s Church Hall in Walmer Road and Seaford Head Community College (Sutton Avenue entrance) will be open from 7am until 10pm.

The result is due to be announced at around 11pm at St Luke’s Church.