Broadbridge Heath Lib Dem speaks after six vote win

Horsham Liberal Democrat leader Dabid Holmes celebrating with new Broadbridge Heath candidate Malcolm Curnock
Horsham Liberal Democrat leader Dabid Holmes celebrating with new Broadbridge Heath candidate Malcolm Curnock
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THE MOST closely contested seat in this year’s Horsham District Council elections turned out to be Broadbridge Heath where the Liberal Democrats clung on with a majority of just six votes.

After being a member of Broadbridge Heath Parish Council for more than 20 years, Malcolm Curnock narrowly won the village’s only seat on Horsham District Council with 391 votes.

Conservative candidate Linda Pettitt - formerly a district councillor for Holbrook East - had 385 votes, Labour candidate Raymond Chapman had 164 votes and Valerie Gray from the UK Independence Party had 91.

Mr Curnock replaces Sally Horner, also a Liberal Democrat, who served the ward for 22 years before moving to Greece last year.

He said: “I could see the pile building up and I was thinking ‘there’s not much in it’. I really feel for the Conservative candidate who didn’t win the seat.

“If I had been on the losing side of the six votes I would have felt gutted, but it’s first past the post.

“I am passionate about the village. I first lived in the village in 1974 when I got married. We moved out in 1991 as the family grew, but I always retained my links within the parish.

“I’ve been a member of the parish council since 1987, making me the longest-serving parish councillor, and when my children were are Shelley School I was a parent governor. I’ve been a member of the football club for the last 30 years.

“Although I live in Horsham, I have kept all my links with Broadbridge Heath.

“My primary concern is the development of 1,000 houses to the south of the village. I will do my best to ensure that the community facilities drawn up by the developer are delivered. I want to make sure there is no back tracking.

“Also I am very keen to make sure every effort is made to embrace the new development so we end up with a village community that is fully integrated.”

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