RESIDENTS in Newport will go to the polls today (Thursday) to elect a new parish councillor to replace disgraced ex-councillor David Whittaker, who was jailed last month for child sex offences.
Two candidates are in the running to fill the Newport West seat — Roger Dixcey, formerly a Conservative Isle of Wight Councillor before he lost his seat in the last election, and John Ward, current chairman of the Isle of Wight Liberal Democrats.
Mr Dixcey, 55, of Chapel Street, is a school governor who runs his own building firm.
He told the County Press he was concerned about traffic problems in the town.
Stay-at-home dad Mr Ward, 45, of Woodbine Close, has previously served as a Newport Parish Councillor.
He said he wanted to ensure public services were well managed.
The by-election is being held at Victoria Recreation Ground pavilion.
Voting closes at 10pm and the results are expected to be published tomorrow (Friday).