NORTH Devon Council has a new independent councillor this morning (Friday). The district by-election was held last night for Fremington Ward following the earlier resignation of Councillor Joanne Bell. Christopher Turner has been elected as an independent councillor on the council. The turnout for the district election was 29.99 per cent. A total of four papers were spoilt. Mr Turner has also been elected onto the parish council for Fremington and Yelland Ward after he polled 663 votes against David Phipps (People Not Publicity 370 votes). A total of 34 papers were spoilt, with turnout at 29.83 per cent. A by-election for a vacancy on South Molton Town Council was also held yesterday. This followed the earlier resignation of Councillor Sue Sewell. Claire Alicia Parkinson (Retired 229 votes) will sit on the council following her victory against Una Ann Harley (Independent 130 votes). A total of four papers were classed as spoilt, with the turnout being nine per cent.