Shake up of council as three bow outBy Simon Ashall
April 03, 2003
In addition, there is a strong field from the UK Independence Party, which will contest three seats in Horsell, Kingfield and Westfield.
Independent councillors are standing in West Byfleet and Maybury and Sheerwater wards, with former Liberal Democrat councillor Sandra Simpkin contesting Brookwood as the Green Party’s only candidate.
But it is the absence of Cllrs Brown, Johnson and Stranks from the list that will cause the biggest surprise. Cllr Brown was first elected to the borough council in 1973, the same year Woking received its charter, and served as mayor in 1978.
Cllr Johnson was elected during the national and local elections of 1987 as a member of the SDP/Liberal Alliance. She served as mayor in 1998.
Cllr Stranks’ retirement marks the end of a stretch on WBC and Byfleet Parish Council which began with his election to the parish in 1990.
Elsewhere, Brookwood — the only ward being fought as a by-election after the resignation of incumbent Mark Pritchard — is a four-way contest between Justin Boorman (Con), Philip Goldenberg (Lib Dem), Eric Kennedy (Lab) and Sandra Simkin (Green).
Byfleet is being contested by Brian Cozens (Lab and Co-op), Simon Hutton (Con) and Anne Roberts (Lib Dem).
In Goldsworth East, Christopher Martin (Lab) and Jeremy Yates (Con) are fighting the incumbent Geoff Smith (Lib Dem).
In Hermitage and Knaphill South, Cllr Tina Liddington (Lib Dem) is defending her seat against Hilary Addison (Con) and Graeme Carman (Lab). Up in Horsell East and Woodham, there is a four-way battle between Michael Harvey (UKIP), Robert Leach (Lib Dem), Anne Murray (Con) and Michael Roberts (Lab and Co-op).
Horsell West sees council leader Jim Armitage (Con) defending his seat against Ann-Marie Barker (Lib Dem), Timothy Shaw (UKIP) and Audrey Worgan (Lab and Co-op).
In Kingfield and Westfield John Martin (Lab) defends one of five Labour seats against Gareth Davies (Lib Dem), Norma Gruselle (Con) and Paul Davey (UKIP).
In Knaphill Cllr Neville Hinks defends against Catherine Fisher (Con) and Chanchal Kapoor (Lab).
Maybury and Sheerwater councillor Elizabeth Evans is defending her seat against Michael Osman (Ind), David Roe (Con) and Michael Wilson (Lib Dem).
In Old Woking Richard Ford (Lab and Co-op), Colin Kemp (Con) and Derek McCrum (Lab) fight for Cllr Rosemary Johnson’s old seat. In Pyrford Cllr Peter Ankers (Con) defends against Richard Cowley (Lab) and Andrew Grimshaw (Lib Dem).
Planning committee chairman Cllr Graham Cundy (Con) defends his St John’s and Hook Heath seat against John Bramall (Lab) and Anthony Kremer (Lib Dem).
Finally in West Byfleet Mayor of Woking Cllr Mehala Gosling defends her seat against Michael Byrne (Lab), Peter Hough (Lib Dem) and Richard Wilson (Ind).
Elections will be held on Thursday May 1 2003.