SOUTH HOLLAND DISTRICT ELECTIONS: Tories lose four seats but keep control
The Conservatives have kept control of South Holland District Council after yesterday's elections.
However, it was not a great night for the Tories as they lost four seats and the Independents gained five, leaving the Conservatives with a 24-13 majority. No other parties have seats.
PINCHBECK AND SURFLEET WARD: The Conservative group have taken the final three seats of the election, with Elizabeth Sneath (918 votes), James Avery (860) and Sally Slade (834) enjoying success over Independent Terry Moore (823).
LONG SUTTON: There has been a shock result in Long Sutton where Conservative Laura Eldridge lost her seat after a recount. Andrew Tennant (Independent) won the ward with 1,039 votes, followed by Conservative Jack Tyrrell with 944. Independent David Wilkinson rejoins the council with 899 votes. Laura Eldridge polled 885 votes and Richard King 800.
CROWLAND AND DEEPING ST NICHOLAS: Conservative Nigel Pepper joins South Holland District Council after winning the ward with 867 votes, but, after a recount, fellow Conservative Angie Harrison lost her seat after polling 598 votes. The other two seats went to Independent Bryan Alcock (758) and Conservative Jim Astill (616). Independent Paul Przyslak received 499 votes.
HOLBEACH TOWN WARD: Conservatives Francis Biggadike and Tracey Carter (both 890 votes) kept their seats but Independent Paul Foyster (593) lost his to first-time councillor Graham Rudkin (686)> Conservative Geoff Donley polled 491 votes.
MOULTON, WESTON AND COWBIT: Conservatives Anthony Casson (1,042 votes), Andrew Woolf (929) and Rodney Grocock kept their seats in this ward, defeating Richard Fairman (UKIP, 637).
SUTTON BRIDGE: Independents Michael Booth and Chris Brewis (686 votes each) have kept the two seats in Sutton Bridge, beating Sally Ann Beal (Conservatives) and Victoria Hills (Conservatives).
SPALDING ST JOHN'S: There has been a shock in the St John's ward with Conservative Jan Whitbourn (368 votes) losing her seat. Fellow Tory Jack McLean kept his (435 votes) along with new councillor, Independent Manzur Hassan (507). Green Morgan Crisp polled 143 votes Independent Val Gemmell 295 and Green Rustana Zamara 94.
DONINGTON, QUADRING AND GOSBERTON: Independents Jane King (962 votes), Henry Bingham (808) and Simon Walsh (735) claimed the three seats, beating Conservative candidates John Hyde (507) and Ann Savage.
SPALDING MONKS HOUSE: Angela Newton (Independent) has kept Spalding Monks House Ward easily with 889 votes. New councillor for the ward is Independent Anthony Cronin (438). Next was Conservative Zoe Lane (336), Rodney Sadd (Labour, 116), Helen Jenner (Greens, 80), Janet Barnes (Labour, 68) and Lee Crisp (56).
FLEET: Conservative Peter Coupland has retained the Fleet ward with 379 votes, beating UKIP's Edward McNally (215).
SPALDING ST MARY'S: Council leader Gary Porter (439 votes) and fellow Conservative Harry Drury (427) kept their Spalding St Mary's seats, beating Robert West (Independent, 266), Adam Baker (Green, 262) and Jonans Sandijs (Green, 144).
SPALDING WYGATE: Conservatives Roger Gambba-Jones (469 votes) and Christine Lawton (483) kept their seats in Spalding Wygate, defeating Martin Blake (Green, 219), Sheila Bunce (Independent, 343), Neil Oakman (Lib Dem, 163) and Heather Violett (Green, 237)
SPALDING ST PAUL'S: Conservative David Ashby has lost his seat on Spalding St Paul's Ward.
Mr Ashby received 312 votes but the two voted in, both new councillors, were Independent Rob Gibson with 398 votes and Conservative Glynis Scalese with 355 votes. Pete Williams, who had also held the seat, did not stand this time around.
There were 741 votes cast and 19 spoiled ballot papers. Turnout was just 19 per cent.
SPALDING CASTLE: The first result of the 2019 South Holland District Council elections is in.
The count for the Spalding Castle Ward - not the Wygate ward as expected - has been announced.
Keeping the seat is Conservative Gary Taylor,who won 289 votes. Second was the Green Party's Alistair Crisp with 233 votes and third was Independent James Le Sage with 97 votes.
There were 625 votes and six spoiled ballot papers. Turnout was 33 per cent.
Gary Taylor said: "Being a councillor is hard work and serious work and I will continue to represent all candidates, whether they voted for me or not."
All votes have now been cast in the 2019 South Holland District elections and ballot boxes have now arrived at the Springfields Events Centre, ready for counting.
Spalding Wygate ward is now being counted and we understand the vote is extremely close.
Contesting this ward is Martin Blake (Green), Sheila Bunce (Independent), Roger Gambba-Jones (Conservatives), Christine Lawton (Conservatives), Neil Oakman (Lib Dems) and Heather Violett (Greens).
The result will be published here shortly.