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Mayor states voters are 'disillusioned' as new faces and Party stand for council election

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It’s a case of healthy competition for the Swaffham Parish Council elections this year, with 21 candidates vying for 13 places.

Among those nominated are Graham Edwards and Ian Pilcher of Residents4Residents, a group who have voiced concerns over how the council is currently run.

Mayor Colin Houghton said the council has been in discussions with the group, and thinks it will be interesting to see how they do.

He said: “They have emerged over the last six months or so as they are not happy with how the council conducts themselves.

“We know them well and they have decided they think they can do things a little bit better. It’s interesting times.”

Colin Houghton, pictured right
Colin Houghton, pictured right

Mr Houghton said the number of nominations is higher than previous years where the council has been “settled” over a period of four years.

Keith Sandle, Jill Skinner, Brendan Holmes and Judy Anscombe are all standing as independents.

But Mr Houghton admitted voter turnout could be lower than usual.

He said: “It’s so difficult to predict but everyone is concerned nationally.

“Voters are getting disillusioned so I am not anticipating a high turnout”.

John Zielinski, Joanna Navarre and Natasha Morgan are standing for Labour this year for what has been a predominantly Conservative council in recent years.

The list of candidates for the parish council in full is:

  • Judy Ann Anscombe (Independent)
  • Robert Bartram
  • Lindsay Jayne Beech (Conservative)
  • Stewart Ernest Charles Bell (Conservative)
  • Wendy Ann Bensley (Conservative)
  • Paul Darby (Conservative)
  • Graham John Edwards (Residents4Residents)
  • Eddie Gee
  • Brendan Holmes (Independent)
  • Colin Houghton (Conservative)
  • Sheila Joy Lister
  • Lee Martin (Conservative)
  • Shirley Mary Matthews (Conservative)
  • Natasha Dawn Morgan (Labour)
  • Joanna Navarre (Labour)
  • Ian William Pilcher (Residents4Residents)
  • Keith Sandle (Independent)
  • Leslie Scott (Independent of National Politics)
  • Jill Marion Skinner (Independent)
  • Robbie Woods (Conservative)
  • John Andrew Edward Zielinski (Labour)

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