Fremington has voted in another independent as its new district councillor.

Joy Cann is congratulated for winning her Fremington Parish Councilk seat by Lib Dem district candidate Graham Lofthouse. Picture: contributedJoy Cann is congratulated for winning her Fremington Parish Councilk seat by Lib Dem district candidate Graham Lofthouse. Picture: contributed

Jayne Mackie won the North Devon Council ward in a by-election yesterday (Thursday) that followed the unexpected death of Tony Wood, who was also an independent.

Jayne Mackie polled 577 votes to Conservative candidate Jim Pilkington’s 356, with a turn out of 29.1 per cent.

Graham Lofthouse (Liberal Democrats) polled 119 votes, Blake Ladley (Labour) had 65 and Lou Goodger (Green Party) 19.

The result does not change the composition of the district council, with remains as 18 Conservatives, 14 Liberal Democrats, eight independents and three South Molton independents.

The 60-year-old former teacher and Yelland resident said: “I am very pleased with such a decisive result and I now look forward to representing and promoting the ward’s interests.”

Fellow Fremington independent, Councillor Frank Biederman, said Jayne would be ‘a great asset’.

He said: “The loss of Tony was quite a shock and I am really pleased that Fremington and Yelland have returned another independent councillor and look forward to us working together for the good of all.”

A Fremington Parish Council by-election following the resignation of Jacqueline Flynn, saw Joy Cann (Lib Dem) elected with 268 votes over Blake Ladley (Labour) on 64.

Joy Cann said: “I am very grateful to my neighbours in Bickington for the strong support I have received and to supporters for the help they gave me. I pledge to follow on from the stewardship my late father John gave when he was a councillor for Bickington.”