Great Yarmouth borough to go to the polls

THE borough of Great Yarmouth and surrounding villages will go to the polls on Thursday in the local elections.

But electors will not just be voting on the third – or 13 – of the 39 borough council seats which are up for grabs, they will also have two other pieces of paper they need to put a cross on, and in some cases two other elections.

A county council by-election has been created by the resignation and subsequent death of Gerry Cook in Lothingland. This has attracted candidates from the two main political parties as well as an Independent and a Green.

Both Labour and Conservatives are represented by two stalwarts in local politics, Trevor Wainwright and Barry Stone, respectively. They are joined in the battle by Green candidate Michael Brackenbury and Independent John Cooper, who was the driving force behind the county council scrutiny into the outer harbour deal.

In the borough’s Nelson ward, former mayor Sue Robinson’s daughter Kerry Payne is standing as the Labour candidate. She is up against Tory Malcolm Bird, former chairman of the Greater Yarmouth Tourist Authority, and the sitting councillor Brenda Taylor – elected for Labour, but de-selected in favour of Mrs Payne earlier this year.

Labour’s Marie Field moves wards from Caister South to stand in the Central and Northgate seat hoping to take over former mayor Trevor Easter’s seat. She is up against Lib Dem Gordon Dean, and young county councillor Tom Garrod.

UKIP are contesting two borough seats in Bradwell South & Hopton, and Claydon, wards.

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Referendums will also be taking place on a proposal to introduce the Alternative Vote system to replace the current first past the post system and whether to have an elected mayor for the borough.

Parish council elections will only be taking place in Stokesby. Although parish councils for Belton with Browston, Burgh Castle, Caister north and south, Filby, Fleggburgh, Fritton with St Olaves, Mautby, Ormesby St Michael, Repps and Rollesby, were in line for elections, not enough candidates have stepped forward so those nominated are automatically elected.

In neighbouring Broadland, there will be parish and district council elections for Acle, where 12 parish council seats are up for grabs.

In the North Norfolk District Council area, there is just one parish council election - with 16 candidates chasing 11 seats in Hickling, and three district council elections.

The full list of nominations:

Norfolk County Council by-election

LOTHINGLAND DIVISION:

Michael Brackenbury (Green)

John Cooper (Independent)

Barry Stone (C)

Trevor Wainwright (Lab)

Great Yarmouth Borough Council:

*denotes sitting councillor

NELSON WARD

Malcolm Bird (C)

Kerry Payne (Lab)

Brenda Taylor (Ind)*

CENTRAL AND NORTHGATE

Gordon Dean (Lib Dem)

Marie Field (Lab)

Thomas Garrod (C)

ORMESBY

Colin Fox (Lab)

James Shrimplin (C)*

ST ANDREW’S

Bryan Watts (C)*

Barbara Wright (Lab)

WEST FLEGG

Luke Boydell (Lab)

Mary Coleman (C)*

FLEGGBURGH

Katie Jeavons-Golding (Lab)

David Thompson (C)*

LOTHINGLAND

Mark Thompson (C)*

Christine Leaver Williamson (Lab)

MAGDALEN

Carl Smith (C)

Brian Walker (Lab)*

BRADWELL NORTH

Maurice Johnson (Lab)

James Tate (C)*

BRADWELL SOUTH AND HOPTON

Colin Aldred (UKIP)

Michael Brackenbury (Green)

Susan Hacon (C)*

Hilary Wainwright (Lab)

CAISTER NORTH

Barry Cunniffe (C)*

Nicholas Dyer (Lib Dem)

Lee Sutton (Lab)

CAISTER SOUTH

Nicholas Dack (Lab)

Robert Peck (C)

CLAYDON

Hannah Gascoigne (C)

Matthew Smith (UKIP)

Bernard Williamson (Lab)*

Broadland District Council:

ACLE

Lauren Bean (Lib Dem)

Lana Hempsall (C)

Nigel Law (Ind)

Malika Steed (Lab)

Brundall, two seats:

Caroline Fernandez (Green)

Christopher Gill (Lib Dem)

Christine Hemmingway (Lab)

Brenda Jones (Lab), Eleanor Mason (Lib Dem)

Andrew Proctor (C)*

Mike Snowling (C)*

BLOFIELD WITH SOUTH WALSHAM, two seats

James Carswell (C)

George Debbage (Ind)

Paul Green (C)

Joyce Groves (Lib Dem)

Tony Hemmingway (Lab)

Alan Pawsey (Lab)

Roger Smith (Lib Dem)

North Norfolk District Council:HOVETON

Michael Cullingham (Lab)

Nigel Dixon (C)*

Anthony Gent (Lib Dem)

STALHAM AND SUTTON, two seats (sitting councillors GW Barran, C Sheridan):

Sheila Cullingham (Lab)

Pauline Grove-Jones (Lib Dem)

Jean Partridge (Lib Dem)

David Russell (Lab)

Robert Stevens (C)

WATERSIDE

Michael French (Lab)

Ben Jarvis (C)

Jeff Parkes (UKIP)

Simon Partridge* (Lib Dem)

Sue Rhodes (C)

Nicholas Webb (Lab)