SEAFORD: Town council candidates seek your vote

TOMORROW (Thursday) 56 candidates will be standing in elections hoping to win seats on Seaford Town Council.

The town will see some major changes after only a handful of current councillors decided to stand again, with 14 of the 20 choosing to stand down.

Laurie Holland, who has been a town councillor for eight years and was Seaford Town Council’s first leader, will be one of several people standing down.

He decided to call it a day citing health reasons, and he, along with Tracy Willis, Bob Brown and Julian Peterson have chosen not to stay on for another term.

Martin Cornforth, Jon Freeman, Barry Groves, Bob Allen, Linda Wallraven and Ian White are councillors who have opted to re-stand.

Voters will decided if any of the six stay on or whether all 20 places will be filled with new faces.

The town council was Conservative-led for the first four years but since 2003 it has always been a Lib-Dem stronghold.

A total of 56 people have put themselves forward to compete for the 20 seats, with four available in each of the five wards - Central, East, North, South and West.

This includes 20 Conservative candidates, six Labour, 20 Lib Dem, six UKIP and four people who have put themselves forward as independent candidates.

Voters will also be deciding who will be standing as district councillors with a mixture of old names choosing to stand again along with a host of new people who have opted to stand as Lewes District Councillors.

There are 21 wards within the district, five which affect Seaford: Central, East, North, South and West and there are two seats available per those wards.

The counts will take place on Friday at the Downs Leisure Centre in Seaford and at the leisure centre in Lewes for the town council election and district council elections respectively.

On Thursday people will also vote for parish elections as well as deciding for or against the Alternative Vote system will take place.