Labour’s Andrew Austin elected to Louth Town Council in by-election

Labour candidate Andrew Austin has been elected to Louth Town Council.
Labour candidate Andrew Austin has been elected to Louth Town Council.

Labour candidate Andrew Austin has been elected to Louth Town Council after winning a by-election on Thursday.

Mr Austin drew 132 votes for the Trinity Ward seat, ahead of independent candidate Malcolm Locking with 87, and John Gains with 36.

From the electorate of 1,751 residents 256 ballot papers were issued, with a turnout on the day of just 14.62 per cent.

But the low turnout doesn’t deter Councillor Austin, 42, who told the Leader he was looking forward to the challenge of winning over the remaining electorate.

“It’s certainly good to have some fresh faces in local politics, I want residents to know I will listen to the people completely and engage with them,” he said.

He highlighed the potential loss of green area in the Park Avenue development, dog fouling, theft and the state of Louth’s roads as his main issues going forward.

“Though I’m affiliated to Labour there is no political agenda,” he insisted.

He also promised to ‘stand up and speak’ in the council chamber. “I will be putting myself out there,” he said.

The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Mrs Gill Burton.

The Trinity ward represents the area at bottom end of Eastgate, Eastfield Road, Park Avenue, St Bernard’s Avenue and Monks’ Dyke Road.

The new councillor will serve until the next round of council elections in May 2015.