Heavyweights dealt a blow in fight for county council seats
SOME STALWARTS of the local political scene were casualties in Thursdayís county council elections.
Olive Irons and Harry Heywood both failed to get re-elected to their respective seats, a position which left both upset.
The high drama unfolded as the results were announced at Polkyth Leisure Centre in St Austell.
George Edwards who retained his Newquay Central seat and Eric Brookeís victory helped the Liberal Democrats take control of the county council.
The Lib-Dems won 48 out of 82 seats in the local election, which them an overall majority.
The independents won three of the five seats in the Newquay area ensuring there is a strong non political voice on the county council.
In total independents took 20 seats, the Conservatives nine and Labour five.
Lib Dem George Edwards managed to cling onto his seat in the Newquay Central division by the narrowest of margins.
He polled 1,107 votes, a mere 85 more votes then his Conservative opponent Dot Freeman.
"Iím highly delighted to hold my seat," councillor Edwards said.
"It gives me a chance of carrying on the good work Iíve done over the four years.
"Iím a straight forward guy, I aim to represent everyone.
"Iíll try and bring as much money as I can into Newquay for different projects.
Newcomer Eric Brooke surprised many people by winning the N ewquay North division.
The professional campaigner who has worked alongside former North Cornwall MP Paul Tyler as well as for the NSPCC and Which? Magazine polled 1,279 votes.
Third placed Independent Harry Heywood received 889 votes.
Conservative Pat Lambshead was not far off victory with 1,231 votes.
Outgoing Newquay mayor Denis Dent who was standing as an independent inflicted the defeat on Lib Dem Olive Irons in the Newquay West division.
He polled 996 votes while Mrs Irons trailed in third place with 799.
"Iím absolutely delighted to have won, Iím over the moon," Denis Dent said.
"Iíve worked very hard for it along with my good wife Jan and my many, many helpers.
"My sincere thanks to everyone who voted for me and supported me.
"I will have to see where the land lies at the county council, I donít know the mechanics but as soon as I do Iíll be working for Newquay."
Peter Glanville secured a resounding win in the St Columb division. He secured his seat with 1,963 votes.
Conservative candidates Yvonne Ellery who contested the St Columb seat got 616 votes.
Andrew Waters was elected as the county councillor of the newly formed St Enoder and Colan division. He received 964 votes compared to his nearest rival John Rainbow who had 571 votes.