Broadstairs has a new town councillor following a by-election poll yesterday (November 15).
The Viking ward seat became vacant following the resignation of resignation Conservative councillor of Rosanna Taylor-Smith in September. Cllr Taylor-Smith still holds a seat at Thanet District Council.
Following the poll the new councillor has been declared as Conservative Cllr Vic Todd with 583 votes.
Labour’s Fiona Crawford took 489 votes, Independent Ruth Brackstone Bailey 344 and Peter Lampe 7.
Grandad-of-four Cllr Todd, who is a retired school site manager, said his priorities included being part of the fight to retain the stroke emergency service and accident and emergency department at QEQM in Margate.
Health chiefs want to create a specialised stroke unit at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford which would replace services at Margate and are looking at option for a centralised A&E unit.
The Royal Harbour Academy school governor and Academy FM member said: “A priority is A&E and the stroke unit and I will fight the best I can for those because it is so important.”
Cllr Todd says town issues he would like to tackle include the cost of parking which he would like to see reduced or have free days or hours introduced.