Polls open in local elections


VOTERS will go to the polls in two elections today, Thursday.

All 57 seats on Warwickshire County Council are up for grabs.

In the 13 divisions that cover Stratford-on-Avon district there are 58 candidates from six political parties, with the Conservatives, Lib Dems and, for the first time, the Green party contesting all seats.

Labour will contest 12, UKIP  three and Stratford First just one.

There has been some reorganisation with the number of divisions across the whole county reduced from 63 to 57 ahead of this election.

That has seen the Stratford divisions of Aston Cantlow and Henley merged to create Arden, while Stratford town itself will be covered by three divisions, each with one councillor. Currently there are three councillors in two divisions

For a full list of candidates in Stratford wards CLICK HERE

As well as the county council poll, there will also be a by-election in Stratford District Council’s Ettington ward.

It was called following the resignation last month of Philip Seccombe. The Conservative quit to concentrate on his role as Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

The three candidates are: Bill Dowling (Lib Dem), Penny-Anne O’Donnell (Cons), and Dave Passingham (Green). Votes will be counted on Thursday night. The Salford Priors Neighbourhood Plan referendum will also take place on the same day.