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New councillors elected for Porth and St Columb Minor

By Warren Wilkins 15th August 2018

New councillors elected for Porth and St Columb Minor

NEW councillors were elected to represent the Porth and St Columb Minor areas on the town and county council on Thursday.
Conservative Mark Formosa has been voted in as the Treviglas ward Cornwall councillor and Liberal Democrat Pauline Avery on the town council after a by-election was held following the sudden passing of much respected councillor Paul Summers who represented the division on both authorities.
The Cornwall Council election for the Treviglas ward resulted in Mr Formosa receiving 363 votes, Liberal Democrat Steven Daniell 306 and Labour’s Brod Ross 131. The Conservative’s share increased from 32% to 45% and there was a 26% turn out.
The Newquay Town Council election for the Treviglas ward saw Pauline Avery gaining 372 votes, Mark Formosa 342 and Independent Joseph Brook 74. The turn out was 25%.
Cllr Formosa already has experience of being a councillor after being elected onto Restormel Borough Council and Newquay Town Council in 2003. He was also a parliamentary candidate for North Cornwall in 2005.
Cllr Formosa said: “I am absolutely delighted to have won the Newquay Treviglas seat following the by-election.
“I have to pay tribute to my predecessor Paul Summers, whose work representing the area locally was much admired.
“However this vote, with a large swing to the Conservatives is a strong message to the current ruling administration at Cornwall Council, the Lib Dems and their friends, that they are not serving the people of Newquay, and Cornwall well.
“Thank you to everyone who supported and I now look forward to getting on with the hard work of representing Porth and St Columb Minor, and working with the Conservative Group at Cornwall Council and our MP Steve Double to ensure the administration is held to account and delivers for the people it is supposed to be working for.”
Cllr Formosa has set out his priorities for the Treviglas ward after talking with local residents during the election campaign. “People like living in Porth and St Columb Minor. They are nice residential areas and people want it to stay that way. They want the local community protected and improved such as the Recreation field. Some local side roads have also fallen into disrepair. That is the remit of Cornwall Council’s so that will be my first port of call.
“I picked up a lot of casework going door to door so my focus will be going back to see these people to get these cases up and running, which were raised with me. People are also concerned about the rise in council tax, which has caused a lot of hardship for people
“I also did a campaign on the growing hard drugs problem in the town, which has got out of control very quickly so I will be tackling that.”
Newquay MP Steve Double said: “I’d like to congratulate Mark Formosa on his hard fought victory, which is also a team victory for the Conservatives in St Austell and Newquay – a strong endorsement by the community of our positive campaign. Mark is an experienced local campaigner and I look forward to working with him and the other Conservative Cornwall Councillors for the good of the people of Treviglas Ward and Newquay.”
Newquay Mayor Andy Hannan said: “I would like to congratulate Mark Formosa on his successful campaign and election to Cornwall Council.
“I am sure that he will be an excellent ambassador for our town and the area he will serve. We need strong voices up at County Hall to make sure that Newquay keeps its position as the number one tourist destination and the finest place to live in the South West.
“My congratulations also go to Pauline Avery.  We need hard working local councillors to share the ever-increasing workload and expectations placed upon us and I look forward welcoming her onto the town council at our next meeting.”

By Warren Wilkins 15th August 2018

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