Tories could be dented

The Lib Dems and Labour are hoping to make a dent in the ruling Tories at the Havant Borough Council elections.

Ten seats – eight of them Tory – are up for grabs tomorrow with some of the fiercest competition in the Bedhampton and Waterloo wards

The wards are seen as big opportunities for Labour and Lib Dem candidates to gain some advantage over their rivals.

Each party has just four seats each on the borough council while the Conservatives dominate with 30. In Bedhampton, Lib Dem Ann Buckley said protecting Broadmarsh from development was a key concern.

'We want a plan for what will happen in Broadmarsh to establish it as a coastal park,' she said.

In the traditional Tory ward of Waterloo, Cllr Ken Moss is standing down after 21 years.

But hoping to hold on to Cllr Moss's seat is Conservative candidate Paul Buckley.

'We really need some leisure facilities to support the town centre and cope with the influx of all the new families it will bring,' Mr Buckley said.