Jim Barron elected Glastonbury Town Councillor
By abbie_glasto | Friday, November 09, 2012, 15:48
Jim Barron of the Conservative party has been voted the new Glastonbury Town Councillor for St Benedict's Ward in the recent by-election.
Jim Barron has been voted Town Councillor for St Benedict's Ward
The election, following the resignation of Councillor Paul Preston, had a 26.5% turn-out and Mr Barron received 243 votes – approximately 46.3 % of the overall vote.
Mr Barron was up against Liberal Democrat Lynn Bastian, who received 161 votes and Earl Bramley-Howard of the Green Party who received 120.
This is the fourth time Jim Barron has been elected as Councillor for Glastonbury.
Commenting on his victory, Mr Barron said: "The people of St Benedict's Ward clearly know what they want, and that is for me to be their councillor.
"This was the biggest margin for a conservative win in Glastonbury for quite a number of years."
Mr Barron intends to be actively involved in local issues with aims to improve living conditions for residents, improve car parking issues in the town for residents and is "keen to defend the Tor Sports and Leisure Centre" depending on the District Council's plans for it.
In an interview prior to the election, Mr Barron said: "For me, being a councillor is not hugely about party politics, but about the local people and doing good for the town."