Two contest Newport by-election

By Emily Pearce

Monday, March 31, 2014

 

NEWPORT residents will go to the polls next month to elect a new parish councillor.

A by-election to fill the Newport West seat vacated by disgraced former councillor David Whittaker, who was jailed last month for child sex offences, will be held on Thursday, April 10.

Two candidates will go head to head — Roger Dixcey, formerly a Conservative IW Councillor before he lost his seat in the last election, and John Ward, current chairman of the IW Liberal Democrats.

Mr Dixcey, 55, of Chapel Street, a school governor who runs his own building firm, said: "Newport West ward is a fantastic place to live but it does have problems with traffic chaos at school run times and some serious issues with flooding during the recent storms. I really want to put something back into the community."

Stay-at-home father Mr Ward, 45, of Woodbine Close, has previously served as a Newport parish councillor.

"I’m also a parish councillor in Northwood at the moment, so I have a lot of experience.

"The IW Council has asked local councils to take on a lot of services, and I want to make sure they are well managed for the benefit of residents."

The by-election will be held at Victoria Recreation Ground.

Polling cards were posted to the ward’s 2,484 electors last Wednesday.

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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