Axminster Tories' 'positive pledge' after election setback
PUBLISHED: 09:06 14 May 2019 | UPDATED: 09:17 16 May 2019
Conservative losses were 'a wake-up call' admits Cllr Ian Hall
Axminster's two successful Conservative candidates in the recent district council elections say they are ready to meet the challenges ahead - despite their party losing overall control of the authority.
Ian Hall, re-elected and now representing Axminster Town ward, says he and his remaining Tory colleagues will continue to work tirelessly to see front-line services delivered to a continuing high standard throughout East Devon.
Also serving as Axminster's county councillor, he says it will be more important than ever for those who sit on both local authorities to ensure they complement each other's objectives in the best interests of local people.
Cllr Hall said: "We are naturally disappointed at the outcome of the elections, but we recognises that it's a wake-up call and we need to respond in a positive and dynamic way to the challenge that we now face.
"We are not going to sit around licking our wounds. We already have a plan and in the coming days and weeks we will be revealing how we propose to continue serving the people of Axminster and East Devon in the manner they deserve and in a way that makes their lives easier."
Cllr Hall said his town and the wider district faces numerous challenges, but perhaps the most important is balancing the need for a vibrant local economy, with playing a full part in limiting climate change and reducing humankind's impact on the ecology of the planet.
He added: "The East Devon regime, of which I have been a proud member, has delivered a number of initiatives that give us cause for hope - not least our remarkable record on raising recycling rates and eliminating landfill.
"This could not have happened without the help and co-operation of our residents.
"I want to see us work together in a similar vein to tackle the various challenges - whether it's regenerating our towns, providing affordable homes for local people, generating jobs, attracting more tourists or preserving our outstanding environment.
"I want to thank everyone who voted for me and my colleague Andrew Moulding and kept faith with us to make the interests of Axminster and East Devon our top priority.
"You have my solemn promise. We won't disappoint you."