‘Council no place for politics’, says new councillor

New Frampton and Holme councillor, Stuart Ashton.
New Frampton and Holme councillor, Stuart Ashton.

The new Boston borough councillor representing Frampton and Holme has promised to bring a fresh, independent view to the chamber.

Stuart Ashton took on the representation of the ward last week, following a by-election which saw him take almost 40 per cent of the votes.

He replaces former councillor Brian Rush, who stood down from the post in September.

Coun Ashton, who runs Ashton’s Butchers, told The Standard: “I’m very pleased to get the post and see what it holds for me. I’m looking forward to whatever challenges are thrown at me.”

It is the first time the councillor has held a political post, and he says he plans to bring an independent voice into the council chamber.

The 41-year-old, who is married with two children, added: “My personal view is that there is no place for party politics at borough council level. An independent view is what Boston needs, not party politics.

“The issues in Boston are based on Boston, and you can’t put a broad brush approach using national politics.

“I’m very independent minded in that respect.”

During canvassing, traffic volumes and speeding came across as a major issue in the ward, including issues with potentially dangerous driving on London Road, Coun Ashton said. He plans to focus on this issue in his position.

The results in full:

Stuart Ashton (Ind) - 204

Maggie Peberdy (Ind) - 139

Claire Rylott (Con) - 126

Sue Ransome (UKIP) - 32

Mike Sheridan-Shinn (Lab) - 19

35.5 per cent of the electorate turned out to cast their vote.