The race to become Garstang’s county councillor has begun – with four candidates throwing their hats into the ring in what is likely to be one of the most interesting elections in the district for several years.
County-related decisions such as the closure of Claughton ‘tip’, the introduction of 20mph zones in Garstang, and last year’s pothole protests have continued to dominate debate in the town over the past few months – and look likely to spill over into the election campaign.
When nominations closed on Friday, candidates were: Simon Noble (UK Independence Party) of Oakenclough; Sandra Perkins (Independent) of Garstang; Ben Whittingham (Labour) of Forton; and the sitting Coun Val Wilson (Conservative) of Catterall. All the candidates are familiar faces in Garstang and district, and all of them have experience of either having fought previous elections or taken part in local campaigns.
The biggest surprise was the entry of town mayor Coun Sandra Perkins, who is standing as an independent candidate, with the support of support of the newly-formed Garstang Independent Group.
The Liberal Democrats are not fielding a candidate.
The Garstang poll will see the first election meeting in the district for many years on Friday (April 12) when Coun Perkins will kick-start her campaign with public meeting at Garstang United Reformed Church hall, Croston Road, at 7pm.