Moreton Hall’s Trevor Beckwith returns to borough council after election win
Independent Councillor Trevor Beckwith is back representing a Bury St Edmunds estate on St Edmundsbury Borough Council after winning a by-election.
Cllr Beckwith triumphed at the ballot box, securing 550 votes to represent the Moreton Hall ward.
He beat Conservative candidate Susannah Nancy Bull (213 votes), Liberal Democrat Christopher Thomas Lale (102), Labour’s Alexander James Griffin (71) and UKIP’s Julian Flood (47).
Cllr Beckwith represented Moreton Hall on the borough council for 20 years until last year when he lost his seat to Conservative candidate Peter Thompson.
A vacancy was created after Terry Buckle who had served Moreton Hall for 13 years stepped down due to health reasons.
Cllr Beckwith also represents the Eastgate and Moreton Hall division on Suffolk County Council.
He said: “I want to carry on what I’ve been doing for Moreton Hall for the previous 20 years.
“Moreton Hall is a good place but it’s still got its issues - the biggest ones are parking and traffic.”
Cllr Beckwith said he wanted to address the parking issues affecting Lawson Place, the estate’s community centre and Heldhaw Road.
He is opposing controversial plans to build a McDonald’s restaurant, in Symonds Road. He has also contributed £8,000 from his county highways budget for a lay-by in Skyliner Way.
The turnout for the election was 18.11 per cent out of an electorate of 5,444 people.