THE Conservatives have held on to their seat after a by-election in Horndean.
Guy Shepherd, 40, of Lith Crescent, Horndean, won the Downs ward seat for East Hampshire District Council with 315 votes.
The Lib Dem candidate, Terence Port, got 274 votes.
Labour’s Katie Green received 73 votes and the UK Independence Party’s David Alexander received 63.
Voters went to the polls yesterday with 35.9 per cent of the electorate turning out to take part.
It followed the resignation of Julia Marshall.
Mr Shepherd, an area manager for Portsmouth-based Warings Contractors, is a former vice-chairman of Horndean Parish Council.
He told The News: ‘I am really pleased to be able to carry on working on local issues for the community.
‘To be able to do it at a district level is very exciting.
‘One of the biggest issues in the Downs ward is noise from the A3.
‘It’s going to be a long-term project. I want to work with other organisations to improve that.
‘It would be good to see if we can improve some of the facilities in the parish to get more safe places for kids to play.
‘I know a lot of residents say speeding is still a big concern and rightly so.’