BYFLEET & WEST BYFLEET ward voters showed little regard for the traditional political ‘establishment’ as residents filled their ward seats with three Independent candidates.
Amanda Boote and Mary Bridgeman have followed in the footsteps of sitting Councillor John Bond to make their mark on Woking Borough Council in another clean sweep to match that seen by the Conservatives in the Horsell ward.
The ‘Three B’s’ as they called themselves on their campaign trail stormed to victory in Friday’s count at the HG Wells Centre, with Cllr Bond (1,474) closely followed by new Cllrs Boote (1,385) and Bridgeman (1,123).
Cllr Bond told the News & Mail: “The gypsy site fiasco certainly affected the result but we have felt excluded all round. Housing and flooding issues have been neglected and the response has been as such that people have said enough is enough.
“I have great respect for Richard Wilson (beaten Conservative councillor) and hope we will be working together.”
First-time Councillor Amanda Boote, who has lived in the ward for 16 years, added: “I am absolutely delighted that the Byfleets have spoken. I am really looking forward to working with them on green belt, infrastructure and flooding issues.
“I would like to thank Byfleeters (the fourth ‘Bee’) for their tremendous support. We have shown our passion as we are a self-funded campaign.”
Mary Bridgeman was unavailable for comment as she was away on holiday.
BYFLEET & WEST BYFLEET RESULTS:
BOND John (Independent): 1,474
BOOTE Amanda (Independent): 1,385
BRIDGEMAN Mary Ann (Independent): 1,123
ELSON Gary (Conservative): 929
GRIMSHAW Andrew (Liberal Democrat): 582
READ Karon (Liberal Democrat): 534
ROBERTS Anne (Liberal Democrat): 724
SCOTT Pauline (Conservative): 933
WILLETTS Neil (UKIP): 295
WILSON Richard (Conservative): 1,011
*(10 rejected ballots)