SOUTH HOLLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL 2019: Reasons to be cheerful for Independents after gains across the area
South Holland's longest-serving district councillor has a welcome dilemma in marshalling an increased quota of Independents over the next four years.
Coun Angela Newton, who will start her 12th term as a district councillor later this month, will have 12 Independents sitting alongside her in the council chambers off Priory Road, Spalding.
Three wards, Donington, Quadring and Gosberton; Spalding Monks House and Sutton Bridge, produced a clean sweep for the Independents.
New Independent councillors include Manzur Hasan (Spalding St John's), Anthony Cronin (Spalding Monks House), Graham Rudkin (Holbeach Town) and Rob Gibson (Spalding St Paul's).
"The result was what I hoped for," Coun Gibson said.
"I tried hard, worked hard, got the leaflets out, spoke to a lot of people, I felt like I chose the right ward (with only three candidates) and I was not a Conservative.
"People are looking for more and they are not getting it from the district council.
"They want a bit of infrastructure, they want some investment, better swimming pools, better roads and I want to be able to champion that.
"I want to be able to get better services so that people can feel nicer in Spalding."
Two more new district councillors are Henry Bingham and Simon Walsh who will both serve Donington, Quadring and Gosberton ward alongside Coun Jane King.
She said: "I'm a bit gobsmacked, completely shell-shocked but incredibly grateful."
Coun Bingham said: "I think the three of us can work together very well to achieve everything we need to achieve to help the ward."
But for Coun Newton, her 12th term may be the last at the end of which she will have been a district councillor for more than 50 years.
She said: "It's been hard work in-between and when I finish these four years, I will have done 50 and that just might be it."