ELECTION history will be made in Kirkby Malzeard when residents go to the polls for the first time in a generation to vote for their parish councillors.
The last time there were enough candidates to force a full election in the parish – which has five of the seven seats on Kirkby Malzeard, Laverton and Dallowgill Parish Council – was in May 1986, with a by-election held the following year for one of the seats.
But when this year’s elections are held on Thursday, May 3, nine candidates will be fighting for the five seats.
One of the candidates, David Robinson, said: “After 20-plus years of Kirkby Malzeard not having a parish election, I and a number of other people have put in a big effort to generate enough interest for candidates to stand.
“I hope the people of Kirkby Malzeard take this opportunity and that there is a big turnout.”
The candidates in the Kirkby Malzeard ward are: Geoffrey Berry, Ruth Broadley, Mike Hurford, Gwynneth Jackson, Gerry Mass, John Peacock, David Cedric Robinson, Clive McVay Robson, and David Widdison.
The two other seats on the parish council are being contested in the Laverton and Dallowgill parish where three candidates are standing: Geoff Lobley, Stephen Howard Mountain, and Sue Tyreman. The last time this parish was contested in an election was 2002.