Wed, 13 Jan 2016
A VACANT seat at Kintbury Parish Council will be contested by two candidates later this month.
Jon Hemphill, of Elizabeth Gardens, Kintbury, and Andrew Stott, of Winding Wood, are both standing for the seat made vacant last month.
Andrew Stott, aged 25, previously stood as the candidate for the Patriotic Socialist Party in the General Election and served as a councillor on Enborne and Bucklebury parish councils between 2009 and 2013.
Now he is representing the newly-formed British People’s Party, founded just last month.
Mr Stott said: “I am confident that the British People’s Party will make some good inroads during this by-election campaign and the responses that we have had from many local residents so far has been extremely encouraging, but we are taking nothing for granted.
“Having served on two parish councils elsewhere in West Berkshire in the past and having lived in Kintbury for a few years now, I believe I have sufficient experience and knowledge of the area to represent local people.”
The other candidate is retired Bayer employee Jon Hemphill, aged 62, who is also the chairman of Inkpen Spartans Football Club and an organiser of the annual Ray Boxshall Orienteering Fun Day.
He said: “I fell in love with Kintbury over 20 years ago when I moved my family here from Liverpool so I could take up a promotion within my company Bayer plc.
“Change is all around us and I accept it is inevitable but I want to ensure that it is done in the most sympathetic way to the beauty of the village and the surrounding area, and that the best interests of the parishioners are at the forefront of all we do.”
The election will be held on January 21.