East Sussex County Council elections: Meads ward

Eastbourne goes to the polls this Thursday, May 2, for the East Sussex County Council elections.

Polling stations will be open from 7am-10pm and the results will be announced in the early hours of Friday morning after the count at Eastbourne Town Hall.

You can follow news of the results here on the Herald website and via Twitter at: @eastbournenews

Here’s a run down of the candidates standing in the Meads ward:

Linda Beckmann (LD)

Linda has lived in Eastbourne for almost 16 years and supported the Eastbourne Liberal Democrats in a voluntary capacity, as family and work commitments permitted, and for the last two years has worked three days a week as a casework assistant in the constituency office on Seaside Road. She believes her previous extensive political experience is an advantage, having represented Peacehaven on the town and county councils for six and four years respectively.

Dorothy Forsyth (G)

Dorothy is a long time campaigner for the Green Party in the Meads area.

Dennis Scard (Labour)

Dennis says a vote for Labour in Meads will help to ensure that there will be a different agenda from the present regime and he will campaign to reverse the cuts to services for vulnerable people such as the elderly and youth services, an improved public transport infrastructure, road, rail and bus, a parking scheme in Eastbourne which is affordable for visitors and residents particularly relevant in Meads and a policy for the regeneration for Eastbourne which seeks to ensure that we protect our historic past whilst attracting new businesses offering proper jobs particularly for the younger generation.

Barry Taylor (Conservative)

Having been a resident of Meads for more than 30 years, Barry says he is pleased people are doing all they can to maintain its Victorian character and will continue to press the present Liberal Democrat controlled borough council to repair the Bandstand urgently and ask why the Congress theatre has been shrouded in scaffolding for over three years. He says he was extremely disappointed at the demolition of the Wish Tower restaurant despite all efforts from him and the Conservative group to save, repair and bring it back into sensible commercial use. He says people are now seeing pathetic attempts to throw council tax payers money into temporary solutions and considers it to be one of the biggest mistakes the Liberal Democrats have made in Meads and the community of Eastbourne.

Alan Thornton (UKIP)

Alan is married and lives in Meads. He says he is standing as a UKIP candidate in the election because he finds it hard to see the difference between the main political parties or even trust them to do what they say as despite a cast iron guarantee for a referendum on Europe and a pledge about student fees, they did not deliver on those promises. Alan says that shows a total disregard for the voting public thinks it’s time for a party that does what it says and that party is UKIP.