SCARBOROUGH mayor Hazel Lynskey yesterday spoke of her disappointment at losing her council seat.
Mrs Lynskey – who switched political allegiance to the Conservative Party during the last term – was ousted in the Newby ward.
Speaking after the result, Mrs Lynskey said: “I’m disappointed but I have had a wonderful time and I have also been the borough mayor and there is life after the council. I have done eight years and had the honour of being the mayor which is as good as it gets.”
In Newby, Cllr Brian Watson retained his seat with Independent candidate Cllr Michael Cooper taking Mrs Lynskey’s place, and Conservative Cllr Malcolm Jenkinson ousting Cecil Ridley.
Council leader Tom Fox retained his seat after amassing 747 votes in the Weaponness ward. He will be joined in the new council by fellow Conservative councillor Penny Marsden.
He said: “I’m absolutely delighted, it was a massive mandate given to myself and Penny Marsden, and we won’t let them down. “We have the opportunity to work with the new council and help move the town and the borough forward.
“I’m over the moon too with the success of the Conservative Party.
“ I’m really excited about getting 25 seats and about the opportunities that brings to work with the rainbow coalition in the future.”
Cllr Janet Jefferson, who was returned as an Indpendent in Castle ward, said: “I just want to thank the residents for re-electing me. I love helping the people of the Castle ward.”
Malcolm Short – who led a vocal campaign against a new Tesco store in Scarborough’s Dean Road, and a march – was only third in the poll in Central ward.
Eastfield maintained its full quota of three Liberal Democrat councillors after Cllr Brian Simpson, Cllr Geoff Evans and Cllr Johan Zegstroo swept to victory.
Cllr Simpson, leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Scarborough Council, said: “I’m absolutely over the moon we are back in and very grateful for the support that everyone has placed in us. We will now be carrying on with the plans we had and going from strength to strength by working as a team in Eastfield.”
Speaking after his victory in Eastfield, Cllr Zegstroo paid tribute to former councillor Brian O’Flynn who sadly passed away last year.
He said: “I am carrying on with the legacy of Brian O’Flynn and I am proud to have done it.”
Cllr Roxanne Murphy triumphed as an Independent in ward, coming second behind Cllr Helen Mallory (Con). Her father Norman was elected in Northstead ward, by 16 votes.