Outgoing Hartlepool councillors thank residents – and one vows to stand again

Keith Fisher
Keith Fisher

OUTGOING councillors have thanked residents for their support - with one confirming they have no plans to stand again.

Alison Lilley, who represented the Fens & Rossmere ward on Hartlepool Borough Council, was ousted at the Local Elections after seven years serving as a councillor in Hartlepool.

ELECTION: Alison Lilley, Putting Hartlepool First candidate for Fens & Rossmere ward

ELECTION: Alison Lilley, Putting Hartlepool First candidate for Fens & Rossmere ward

The 67-year-old has confirmed she has no plans to stand again but has thanked residents for their support during her time on the council.

Meanwhile, hospital campaigner Keith Fisher who lost his seat to David Riddle, of Putting Hartlepool First, says he will definitely be standing in future.

Mr Fisher had been an independent councillor for the Hart Ward since 2012.

Mrs Lilley, who represented the Putting Hartlepool First (PHF) group, served the Fens ward between 2007 and 2012 before representing the Fens & Rossmere ward from 2012 until last week’s election result.

Her seat on Hartlepool Council was taken by Labour councillor Alan Clark.

Mrs Lilley, married to PHF councillor Geoff Lilley, said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as councillor, it has been a wonderful experience and a real honour to represent the people in the ward.

“I feel that I have done my time now and it is up to somebody else to keep up the good work,” added the mum-of-three who will continue to be involved in community groups and associations.

Mrs Lilley said she was proud of her work with the groups, as well as helping to solve parking issues, environmental and physical improvements in the ward and she also played a part in ensuring the new forest school at Rossmere Primary School will become a reality.

Mr Fisher, meanwhile, confirmed that he does plan to stand for election again in the future.

He told the Mail: “Please allow me to thank the people of Hart Ward who kindly afforded me their support in this local council election.

“That is democracy and I fully support democracy - people have lost their lives for it.”

The other councillor to lose their seat was Labour councillor Linda Shields, of the Jesmond Ward, who was ousted in favour of UKIP councillor George Springer.

Meanwhile, councillors who retained their seats have been thanking residents for their support.

Independent councillor John Lauderdale, of the Burn Valley ward, said: “I was very pleased to be re-elected and will continue to be a strong independent voice on the council.”

Labour councillor Marjorie James, of Manor House ward, said: “It’s pleasing that residents have stayed true to the hard work that has been put in over the years.”

Labour councillor Kaylee Sirs, of Foggy Furze ward, said: “We have a strong Labour team in Foggy Furze and I’ll continue to work hard.” Longstanding Labour councillor Carl Richardson, of Victoria Ward, added: “I’m pleased to have been re-elected and look forward to serving the people of the ward.”