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Rivals go to polls in fight for former leader's city seat

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: August 15, 2013

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Voters will go the polls in Lincoln Bracebridge next week.

Residents in the area will choose a new representative on the City of Lincoln Council on Thursday, August 22.

The by-election was called after former councillor Darren Grice was kicked off the authority for poor attendance in July.

The former leader of the city council failed to attend any meetings over a six-month period.

He turned up to 18 from a possible 58 in the last two years – collecting almost £9,000 in allowances during that time.

The Echo has been speaking to the five candidates all campaigning to win a seat on the Labour-governed authority.

The winner will go on to represent a ward of more than 7,000 constituents.

Conservative candidate David Denman previously served on the City of Lincoln Council between 2007 and 2012.

He said: "I first moved to Lincoln nearly ten years ago. It is very much my home and being elected to represent the people of Bracebridge would be an honour.

"I have the experience as a former councillor which gives me the grounding and skills to represent Bracebridge efficiently.

"I want to work with local schools and residents to find a permanent solution to parking problems on Hykeham Road.

"I also want to make sure the roadworks on Newark Road and Brant Road are completed quickly and smoothly."

Labour candidate Katie Vause, 31, said: "One priority is the closure of nearby libraries which will affect the lives and service provision for residents of all ages.

"I am also keen to call for an evening bus service for Brant Road residents and to develop youth provision across the ward.

"I am a local resident and the most important factor for me is that a councillor must be someone who is willing to listen and action casework."

Liberal Democrat Ross Pepper, 27, said: "The roadworks in Newark Road and Brant Road are huge problems.

"I do not think the council has done enough to help local people or businesses cope with the delays. We need a local meeting with residents voicing their opinion with council representatives."

UK Independence Party candidate Elaine Warde told the Echo: "There are two big issues in Bracebridge – antisocial behaviour and the threat of closing libraries.

"People are disgusted by the fact libraries could close and we have to do everything we can to save as many as we can. They are vital sources of information for so many people.

"The two problems are linked as well because without libraries, antisocial behaviour is likely to increase."

Karen Williams will be standing for Trade Unionists and Socialists.

She said: "Every community is being badly affected by cuts across the board – and it is the same in Bracebridge.

"People are fighting hard to save their libraries and I agree with them.

"I was brought up in Bracebridge and I love the area. I know it very well."

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