Four to fight Wyreside poll

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THIS month’s county council by-election in Wyreside division will be a four-cornered fight.

When nominations closed on Friday Conservatives, Labour, Green and the UK Independence Party, had all put forward candidates.

The by-election, on Thursday, October 27, follows the recent death of Coun Bob Mutch.

Wyreside seat covers western part of rural Wyre, including the Over Wyre parishes as well as Great Eccleston, Inskip and St Michael’s-on-Wyre.

Three of the parties had already selected their candidates several days before the election, but the Tories waited until the eve of nominations before choosing their candidate, Coun Viv Taylor of Knott End, a prominent member of Wyre Borough.

Miss Taylor of Knott End is a civil servant, is a former Wyre cabinet member and current mayor of Preesall.

Among issues likely to be discussed on the doorsteps are the Conservative-controlled county council’s plans to close Claughton tip, which, although not in the division is used by hundreds of householders within Wyreside.

Another issue will be the gas storage proposals by Halite Energy. The late Coun Mutch had been a prominent critic of Halite’s predecessor company Canatxx.

Candidates: Kevin Higginson (Labour), Simon Noble (UKIP), Vivien Taylor (Conservative), Sue White (Green Party).