On 4th May 2017, West Sussex County Council elections will take place.
Historic voting patterns in Littlehampton for this election show declining voter numbers, begging the question, how many of us will be bothered to turn out in May to vote?
Littlehampton has two seats on West Sussex County Council with the town being divided into two separate Wards – Littlehampton Town and Littlehampton East.
Currently, Liberal Democrat Councillors Buckland and Walsh have been elected to these two seats.
Here’s how both Wards turned out in the last two West Sussex County Council elections, which took place in 2009 and 2013.
Littlehampton Town Ward –
Currently held by Councillor Ian Buckland, Liberal Democrat.
Ignoring spoiled votes, in 2009 West Sussex County Council elections, 2639 Littlehampton Town voters turned out to vote. This dropped sharply in the 2013 WSCC Elections when 2151 Littlehampton voters turned out to vote.
A drop of 488 Voters – turnout down 3.7%
Littlehampton East Ward
Currently held by Councillor James Walsh, Liberal Democrat.
A similar picture of falling voting numbers for Littlehampton East Ward where in 2009, 3384 voters turned out compared to only 2829 in the 2013 West Sussex County Council election.
A drop of 555 Voters – turnout down 5.9%
In neighbouring East Preston and Ferring, the turnout dropped a whopping great 9.3%. In fact, throughout the West Sussex County Council area, voting numbers turning out to vote are down. Chichester North seeing the biggest fall, turnout down 12.1.%
The Conservative Party continue to control West Sussex County Council which have done since 1997. However in the 2013 election their majority was cut from 13 seats to 10 seats. UKIP gained 8 seats in addition to their existing 2 seats to take over as the official opposition party from the Liberal Democrats who overall lost 11 seats.
We’ve yet to know who will be putting themselves forward for election in the West Sussex County Council elections, which will take place on 4th May 2017. However, what’s clear is we need fresh faces who can inspire and motivate, challenge and will vote in the interests of the residents they’ve been elected to serve, and not the ideals of whatever party they represent.
I’ve witnessed councillors giving impassioned speeches at various council meetings against council proposals/planning applications and then to vote for the very proposals they’ve objected to as they’ve been instructed by their political party which way to vote.
What benefit is this sort of representation to the local communities who turn out against the odds to vote for them?
Interested in becoming a County Councillor
West Sussex County Council are holding a County Council candidates event for anyone considering becoming a WSCC Councillor on Monday 27th February, 2017 at West Sussex County Council offices – 6pm to 9pm at the address below:
West Sussex County Council
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