Conservative triumphs in village’s vote

Island homes plan is ‘cookie cutter project’

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TORY Mark Dunn is set to represent Westbourne again after winning a by-election to the district council last night.

Councillor Dunn won his seat on Chichester District Council with 184 votes – beating the UK Independence Party candidate whose party took his seat on West Sussex County Council in May.

Conservative Cllr Mark Dunn celebrates with his wife Connie after winning election to Chichester District Council in the Westbourne by-election

Conservative Cllr Mark Dunn celebrates with his wife Connie after winning election to Chichester District Council in the Westbourne by-election

Turnout was 24 per cent and Ukip’s Alicia Denny took second place with 106 votes.

He said: ‘I’m delighted, Westbourne is an enchanting village.

‘I think Ukip is a flash in the pan, maybe this is the beginning of the dying of the spark.’

Speaking about his loss in the polls earlier in the year, he said democracy was ‘wonderful’.

He added: ‘I was beaten by a very nice young woman from Ukip, next time round she might find that somebody beats her.’

First-time candidate Thomas French, who was standing for the Green Party, won 85 votes.

It was the first time the party had fielded a candidate in Westbourne. Mr French was pleased he beat the Liberal Democrats’ Dr Philip MacDougall into fourth place with 68 votes.

Mr French said: ‘It’s fantastic coming third, overtaking the Liberal Democrats is what we want to see as a party.

‘They’re the main left-wing protest vote in the country, and although we see ourselves as a well-rounded party, that is the future in British politics.’

He added a developer’s rejected plans to build 22 homes at Long Copse Lane, in Westbourne, was an issue that came up during campaigning.

The bid is the subject of a planning inquiry as Southcott Homes Ltd is appealing the decision.

Ukip’s Ms Denny added: ‘We did very well considering that we’ve not had a candidate in this area before.

‘I’m very pleased with the support we’ve had and we’ll build on this for the next election.’

Dr Andrew Emerson won three votes for far-right party Patria.

The seat became vacant after Maureen Elliott stepped down.