A great win for Ellie in Hythe East by-election

May 28, 2018

In the keenly contested election to represent the Hythe East ward on Hythe Town Council, our candidate, Ellie Cumming, secured 41% of the vote on a healthy turnout of 37.3%. She gained 592 votes, convincingly beating the Tory’s Helen Molyneux (474 votes) and Labour’s Penny Snow (244).

Ellie will sit alongside our existing Green Party town councillor, Ashley Tanton, who was elected at the last Hythe Town Council by-election, in 2016, meaning the Green Party has significantly cemented its position in Hythe, following the 2013 election and 2017 re-election of the first ever Green Party representative on Kent County Council, Martin Whybrow.

The shifting balance on Hythe Town Council is important. In particular, the council previously backed Folkestone & Hythe District Council’s plans for Princes Parade (a number of the town councilors also sit on the district council) and, although at a recent extraordinary meeting HTC requested to see the financial viability study prior to a potential new vote, this remains its position for now.

Princes Parade is within the Hythe East division and was a key issue, with Ellie a campaigner from the outset to save the site. Wider protection of other open spaces and improved road safety were among her other prominent messages.

Ellie states: “I am delighted to be elected to represent local residents and this has sent a powerful message to those who want to ride roughshod over the needs and wishes of the community. The district council needs to listen to its residents and other opponents, including Historic England. Hythe Town Council has an important role to play in opposing this development.”

Ashley adds: “Ellie brings all of the qualities needed to be a first-class local councillor. She is passionate about the area, diligent and hard-working. I very much look forward to working alongside her.”

Looking ahead to the district and town elections across the district next year, Shepway Green Party would be delighted to hear from any supporters who would like to help with the campaign or would like to discuss what is involved in becoming a town or district council candidate.