Peasedown St John Parish Council by-election result
The hotly fought Peasedown St John by election has been won by former clerk parish council John Whittock.
Mr Whittock gained 377 vote beating Peasedown 1st Rebecca McCafferty, with, 215 votes, and the Labour and Co-operative Party Candidate Jordan Ness who gained 198 votes.
Mr Whittock, who served 17 years as the parish clerk for Peasedown St John, said: "I feel that the council has lost its way. It seems to have mixed up its statutory functions and powers and forgotten how a parish council is expected to perform.
The council needs now to look for stability and has to encourage more co-operation between members. During the past few months, half of its original elected members have resigned.
It has had three chairmen so has not had a consistent guiding force. Luckily it now has a very good clerk and administration manager who need the council's full support, after all the clerk is the chief executive of the council and members should rally round and co-operate with her."
Mr Whittock has many years' experience as a councillor having served for eleven years on Norton Radstock Town Council, eight years on Wansdyke District Council, and four years on Bath and North East Somerset Council as a Conservative councillor for Midsomer Norton.