Election 2013: The Results

polling stationThe results of yesterday’s local elections in Scilly have been announced by Returning Officer Neville Gardner, after four hours of counting.

On St Mary’s 65% of the electorate turned out to the vote, 80% of St Martin’s residents also cast their votes.

St Mary’s bus driver Steve Sims received the highest backing from the electorate on St Mary’s with 658 votes, while Amanda Martin came in second with 628.

As well as Mr Sims, residents on St Mary’s elected a further five new councillors.

The Chairman of civic action group HEART, Adrian Davies, was well supported with 584 votes. Star Castle Hotel operator James Francis received 347 votes.

There was also success for HEART committee member Fran Grottick (426).

Other new councillors elected are Andy Guy (358) and Avril Mumford (360).

They’ll be joined by existing members Gaz O’Neill (552), Dudley Mumford (438), Gordon Bilsborough (423), Roy Duncan (412), Chris Thomas (388) and David Pearson (319).

Councillors who have lost their seats are Sheila Thomas (270), Fred Ticehurst (290) and Ralph Banfield (234).

For the first time candidates have stood in the islands’ Council elections on a political party ticket but that hasn’t been a success. Neither Green Party candidate, Mark Prebble (297) or Louise Graham (260) was elected on St Mary’s. That means the Council remains entirely independent.

The electorate gave significant support to current Vice Chairman of the Authority, Amanda Martin who came second in the vote. As Vice Chair, Amanda was greatly involved in the process that led to the suspension of the former Chief Executive Philip Hygate while allegations made surrounding his conduct were investigated.

Mr Hygate has always denied those allegations. He retired from the authority earlier this year.

On St Martin’s 80% of the 108 locals voted.

Two former Council Chairmen, Colin Daly and Christine Savill were elected with 64 and 63 votes, respectively. Restaurant owner Adam Morton did not manage to get elected, polling 30 votes.

There hasn’t been an election on St Agnes, where Richard McCarthy and Mollie Peacock were the only candidates and have been automatically returned.

On Tresco, Robert Dorrien Smith and Mike Nelhams have been returned, while on Bryher, only Marian Bennett stood for the 2 seats, and is returned uncontested.

3 ballot papers were rejected, as the intention of the voter was unclear.

The results in order of votes:

 St Mary’s Ward (13 Seats)

1 Steve Sims Independent 658
2 Amanda Martin Independent 628
3 Adrian Davis Independent 584
4 Gaz O’Neill Independent 552
5 Dudley Mumford Independent 438
6 Fran Grottick Independent 426
7 Gordon Bilsborough Independent 423
8 Roy Duncan Independent 412
9 Chris Thomas Independent 388
10 Avril Mumford Independent 360
11 Andy Guy Independent 358
12 James Francis Independent 347
13 David Pearson Independent 319
14 Mark Prebble Green Party 297
15 Fred Ticehurst Independent 290
16 Sheila Thomas Independent 270
17 Louise Graham Green Party 260
18 Ralph Banfield Independent 234


St Martin’s Ward (2 Seats)

1 Colin Daly Independent 64
2 Christine Savill Independent 63
3 Adam Morton Independent 30


10 Responses to Election 2013: The Results

  1. Jeff Eastick May 4, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    So what ?

  2. Jon May 4, 2013 at 2:47 am

    Sorry Jill, and I don’t know John, but of what relevance are his comments to the fact he doesn’t live here anymore? People are still entitled to an opinion on any subject irrespective of their geographical location. Well I live here, so here goes… very Interesting times ahead I would say. Well done to all those elected, it is great to see a good change of faces and may you all work well together and get the Islands back on an even keel.

  3. Jill Heyworth May 3, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Nice to see your comments John BUT you decided to leave, you don’t live here anymore.

    • pgh May 4, 2013 at 6:37 am

      John may not live here at the moment,, but he’s a true Scillonian with a love for the islands and the people, and has if i’m correct actually served on the council.
      I cant say i even recognise your name jill let alone seen you on any council member lists.

    • Ian T. May 4, 2013 at 8:23 am

      Not sure what your point is. John was born and bred on Scilly and contributed enormously to many aspect of island life whilst he was there. You should be pleased that he is still concerned about the islands future as I am.

  4. ritchie May 3, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    very well done to all our new councillors – and a very big thank you for standing for the good of Scilly, I wish you the best of luck.

  5. Helen Elsworth May 3, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Well done Steve and all those who voted for you- an excellent result!

  6. pat hicks May 3, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Congratulations and good luck to all who have been voted in… you all have some hard work ahead of you .. PLEASE work together for the sake of scilly and put any personal differences aside…

  7. John Hicks May 3, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Very Interesting times ahead I would say. Well done to all those elected, it is great to see a good change of faces and may you all work well together and get the Islands back on an even keel.