Time to choose your county councillor

WITH just two years to go until the next general election next month’s county council elections is the first litmus test for all the major

parties.

The county council based at County Hall is currently made up of 49 members.

There are 28 Conservatives, 13 Liberal Democrats, four Labour, two Independent Democrats, one Independent and one UK Independence Party.

UKIP has just landed its first county councillor after Phillip Howson, who represents Peacehaven, defected to the party from the Conservatives.

The county will go to the polls in Hastings on Thursday May 2 with the count being held at Horntye Park Sports Complex.

The polls open at 7am and close at 10pm.

The long-serving leader of the authority Peter Jones, who lives in Denehurst Gardens, will step down after 16 years on the council.

Labour, Conservatives, Liberal Democrats ared UKIP are contesting all eight wards in Hastings and St Leonards.

The Green Party is contesting just St Helens, Old Hastings, Maze Hill, Central St Leonards, Braybrooke and Baird.

Among those throwing their hat into the ring are the leader of Hastings Borough Council, Jeremy Birch and 22-year-old Ore online marketing consultant Liam Atkins.

Other new challengers include former policeman Nigel Barry and lawyer Sally-Anne Hart.

Those trying to remain in their seats are Peter Pragnell, Matthew Lock, Trevor Webb and Godfrey Daniel.

The first results should be known around midnight.