Pro Tesco councillors elected on Brixham town council in low turn out by-election
BRIXHAM town council has two new councillors following a hard-fought by-election.
Lindsay Harrison and Jessica Stock, who both ran as independent, defeated Richard Ryl and Cheryl Hampton from the Brixham Residents Against a Tesco Superstore group.
Mrs Harrison and Ms Stock will now replace Gordon Boote and Nick Henderson who resigned from their St Marys with Summercombe seats last month.
The two former councillors were supporters of the £20million proposed Tesco town centre development.
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Cllr Boote resigned after the town council turned down the scheme on traffic and access issues while Cllr Henderson tendered his resignation after feeling 'more and more disenchanted' with the way the council was operating and because of personal reasons too.
Their resignations were the second and third in four months.
Mrs Harrison and Ms Stock received 569 and 608 votes respectively while Mrs Hampton and Mr Ryl received 380 and 349 votes.
Turnout was really low at 16.6 per cent.
The newly elected councillors have now vowed to "bring some common sense approach back to Brixham Town Council" and fight for the issues that matter to local people.