East Sussex County Council elections: St Anthony’s 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 St Anthony’s ward:

Ian Culshaw (Labour)

Ian is Eastbourne born and bred, having been educated at Ratton School, and then spent his whole working life in the town. He is retired from the construction industry and currently works part time in local leisure services. If elected, Ian says his priorities would be to take action to ensure Langney Shopping Centre is fully up and running, believes the county council should lead by example, and pay the Living Wage to all its employees, defend local bus services particularly at evenings and weekends and says as a pensioner Ian knows the benefit many local people have gained from Labour’s free bus pass.

Hugh Norris (Green Party)

Hugh is a long time campaigner for the Green Party in the Eastbourne area.

David Tutt (Liberal Democrat)

David says East Sussex County Council spends the vast majority of the council tax paid in Eastbourne and yet it is seen by most people to be remote and unresponsive to their needs. His aim he says is to make the county more efficient as he believes in recent years it has consistently cut services, making it harder for the elderly to access care; reducing youth services and failing to fix roads and pavements. David believes there are ways to reduce spending without impacting on service provision as he says the Lib Dems have proved in Eastbourne and says he wants a county council which listens to local people and meets their needs: providing enough school places for local children; caring for the elderly and mending the pot holes and broken pavements.

Patrick Warner (Conservative)

Patrick is a self employed business consultant and has a wealth of experience of serving local people both in his working life but also having served local residents as a borough councillor in Eastbourne for seven years. Married for 14 years to wife, Niomie, their two children go to local schools. Patrick has campaigned on a number of local issues including fighting for vital upgrades to the A27 and an improvement in the quality of pothole repairs. He believes a vote for him will bring experience, youth and energy to the County Council and a strong voice for residents in St Anthony’s.

Christine Woodley (UKIP)

Christine has worked for 18 years in various stockbrokers and for the Crown Agents and Sutton Council. She now works a few hours each week at a local DIY store. Christine says she is a member of UKIP because she firmly believe in its policies, believes Britain should be in control of its borders and its finances, it is senseless to give the European Union 53 million a day and common sense should be used instead of political correctness. She says a vote for UKIP is a vote to make Britain great again.