Elections for South Cambridgeshire District Council

South Cambridgeshire District Council's chief executive Jean Hunter
South Cambridgeshire District Council's chief executive Jean Hunter

South Cambridgeshire residents will take to the polls in a fortnight as the third round of seats on the district council is elected.

Candidates for the South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) seats have been announced ahead of the May 22 elections, with 19 seats up for grabs.

The council has elections on three successive years with a break for the fourth, each time having a third of its councillors elected to a four year tenure.

This round sees a seat each being contested in Sawston, which has three councillors, and in Linton and Balsham, which each have two councillors.

Liberal Democrat John Batchelor, previously ousted as Linton councillor by Conservative Roger Hickford, looks to return to the council with a seat in the Balsham election.

Also contesting that seat are Andrew Fraser (Con) and Labour’s Ben Nelmes.

Linton Parish Council chairman Enid Bald hopes to represent her village as an independent, vying with Mr Batchelor’s son Henry (Lib Dem) for the seat.

Linda Howells (Ind), Tom Purser (Lab) and Kieran Wakley (Con) are also standing in Linton.

Lib Dem Trisha Bear is stepping down from SCDC as Linton councillor.

In Sawston Michael Kilpatrick (Lib Dem), Raymond Matthews (Con), Mike Nettleton (Lab) and Elizbeth Smith (UKIP) all stand.

SCDC has 57 councillors representing 105 parishes and wards.

Of those, 34 are Tories, 13 Lib Dem, nine independent and one Labour, with 42 men and 15 women.

Residents have to make sure they are registered to vote, and can visit the electoral commission’s website www.aboutmyvote.co.uk – the deadline is Tuesday (May 6).

Postal and proxy applications can also be printed from the commission’s website, or by calling the SCDC elections team on 03450 455214.

Postal vote applications must be received before 5pm on Wednesday (May 7), and proxy applications before 5pm on May 14.

Jean Hunter, SCDC chief executive, said: “With the candidates now announced for elections on May 22, it is a good time to check you are registered to vote so you can have your say on who will represent your community.

“Registering to vote is quick, straight-forward and easy and our elections team are always happy to help.”

Parish councils in Balsham, Cottenham, Waterbeach will also be holding elections and information about who is standing can be found on SCDC’s website www.scambs.gov.uk/Elections

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (May 8) Echo.