THERE were gains for Labour and the Liberal Democrats in the Droitwich Town Council elections but the Conservatives maintained the lion’s share of the seats.
Prior to the vote the authority was made up of 17 Conservatives and one Labour.
The majority of the Tory seats did remain that way but Labour picked up one and the Liberal Democrats finished the count with two seats.
Coun Alan Humphries who has been a long-serving member for Droitwich Central, was joined by his Labour colleague Nathan Griffiths.
And the Lib Dems saw gains in Chawson where Chas Murray will join new Conservative councillor David Morris and in Droitwich West where Rod Hopkins managed to prise one of the four blue seats away from the controlling group.
Droitwich Town Council is now made up of 14 Conservatives, two Labour and two Liberal Democrats.
Labour’s Val Humphries said she had mixed feelings.
“The turnout was disappointing and the number of spoilt ballot papers as the extra votes could have made a big difference.
“It is great that Alan got back in and will be joined by Nathan and with the two Liberal Democrats as well, it should hopefully lead to more balance and scrutiny.
“Everyone needs to work together for the good of the town, as they often do on Droitwich Town Council.”
Droitwich Town Council leader Coun Alex Sinton said: “We are very pleased with the way the vote went and we are looking forward to putting into place what we said in our manifesto.”
On the Labour and Liberal Democrats he said: “We are all looking forward to working together for the future of Droitwich Spa and ensure it continues to be a great place to live in.”
n THE FIRST get-together of the new-look council will be at the annual Mayor Making meeting at Droitwich Community Hall, Heritage Way at 6pm on Monday, May 13.
The event will see the new mayor and deputy mayor elected, along with the members who are going to sit on the committees and outside organisations.
Droitwich Town Council election – Full Results
CENTRAL (TWO SEATS) – LAB HOLD ONE AND GAIN ONE
Nathan Griffiths – LAB – 258 – ELECTED
John Hartley – CON – 256
Alan Humphries – LAB – 263 – ELECTED
CHAWSON (TWO SEATS) – CON HOLD ONE, LIB DEM GAIN ONE
Matthew Hartley – CON – 155
David Morris – CON – 194 – ELECTED
Chas Murray – LIB DEM – 194 – ELECTED
Mary Neville – LAB – 120
COPCUT (TWO SEATS) – CON HOLD TWO
Sandy Laird – CON – 631 – ELECTED
Becky Littlechild – LIB DEM – 340
Richard Morris – CON – 799 – ELECTED
DROITWICH EAST (FOUR SEATS) – CON HOLD FOUR
Chris Bowden – CON – 748 – ELECTED
Bob Brookes – CON – 861 – ELECTED
Eve Freer – LAB – 402
Bill Moy – CON – 811 – ELECTED
Alex Sinton – CON – 822 – ELECTED
DROITWICH WEST (FOUR SEATS) – CON HOLD THREE, LIB DEM GAIN ONE
Jenny Chaudry – CON – 330 – ELECTED
Mark Craigie – CON – 344 – ELECTED
George Duffy – CON -399 – ELECTED
Ann Hickman – LIB DEM – 301
Rod Hopkins – LIB DEM – 313 – ELECTED
Valerie Humphries – LAB – 290
Allan Roberts – CON – 289
Jan Shepherd – LAB – 238
Kate Fellows – CON – ELECTED
John Grady – CON – ELECTED
WITTON (TWO SEATS) – CON HOLD TWO
Graham Beale – CON – 465 – ELECTED
Eric Bowden – CON – 401 – ELECTED
Adrian Key – LIB DEM – 352
Paul Wiseman – LIB DEM – 395