Four candidates for borough by-election

Liberal Democrat candidate Derek Webb. Photo contributed.
Liberal Democrat candidate Derek Webb. Photo contributed.

A High Peak Borough Council vacancy in Buxton’s Central Ward looks set to be hotly contested with four candidates confirmed for the by-election.

The latest are Liberal Democrat Derek Webb and Independent Louise Glasscoe who join Conservative Bob Morris and Labour’s Jean Todd.

The by-election, on March 29, follows the resignation of Labour councillor Phil Ashmore who has moved to America.

Derek, of Grange Road, a Buxton resident for over 20 years, is an electronics engineer for a New Mills-based company. Both he and his wife have been involved with the Buxton Festival Fringe for a number of years.

He said local residents needed to have a greater say on retail and tourist developments in Central Ward including the town centre, which can have a big effect on traffic and particularly parking.

Derek supports proposals to produce a Local Plan for the town which would have to be taken into account in future planning decisions under the new ‘Localism’ Bill.