Independent grouping aims for council election success in Porthcawl

Thursday, 27 April 2017

By Philip Irwin
in Politics

A group of independents are contesting all five borough council seats in Porthcawl.

In fact, due to a lack of opposition, it is guaranteed that one of their number, Norah Clarke, will take her place on Bridgend County Borough Council (BCBC), representing the Nottage ward.

At the last council elections, two of the group were elected. These were Sean Aspey (Porthcawl West) and Brian Jones (Porthcawl East). Both will be standing again.

It’s worth recording that at those elections, six years ago now, The GEM reported that the Porthcawl First party now had two BCBC councillors.

A statement at the time said that Porthcawl First was not a party, but a number of like-minded individuals united by a concern for the future of Porthcawl.

For the record, the group’s official description now is “Mutually supported and endorsed Porthcawl independent candidates.”

Also mutually supported and endorsed are Graham Walter, who sits on the town council and will be standing in the Newton ward as a borough councillor, and Mike Clarke, a town councillor of many years standing, who will be contesting the Rest Bay ward.

The five mentioned so far are also standing for the town council, as are a number of mutually supported and endorsed candidates.

These are: Steve Maitland-Thomas (Porthcawl East); Chris Wintle (Porthcawl East); Tracy Hill (Porthcawl West); Lorrie Desmond-Williams (Porthcawl West). Mark Chegwen (Nottage) is another who will be elected unopposed.

A spokesman said: “We are individuals with differing private views and opinions on a range of traditional ‘political’ matters.

“None of us are members of political parties. We do not have political party backing and we do not accept financial support from any organisation, just friends and well wishers, so we can remain independent. We have paid for our campaign materials ourselves.

“Whatever our individual thoughts on things like UK, EU or Welsh Assembly Government, when it comes to local matters, we share many common goals, all of which are aimed at creating a better Porthcawl.”

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