THE by-election for Kidwelly and Mynyddygarreg Town Council on Thursday (Jul 19) resulted in the election of Mr Simon Ratty for Castle Ward, and Mr Carl Peters-Bond for the Mynyddygarreg Ward.
Simon Ratty, (Lab) took 165 votes beating the Independent candidate Chris George who received 81 votes, and Anthony Polsen, a Conservative candidate who received 8 votes.
The Independent candidate Carl Peters-Bond took 206 votes to beat Beryl Williams (Lab) who received 136 votes.
Speaking to Llanelli Online Mr Peters-Bond said:
“I’m looking forward to representing the constituents of Mynyddygarreg ward. I think it’s important that councillors live in and interact with the communities they represent, and it’s great that Mynyddygarreg village in particular now has more representation”
Simon Ratty stood as a Labour candidate for Castle Ward after becoming tired of the negativity on social media about Kidwelly and Mynyddygarreg. He said that he had decided to apply his experience in heritage to publicise the distinguished histories of both Kidwelly and Mynyddygarreg, which he believes will increase footfall in both communities and lead to more spending in local businesses.
Speaking about his commitments to the community, Mr Ratty said:
“Whilst Kidwelly and Mynyddygarreg are steeped in history they are not museums. They are living communities and their beating hearts are their people. I intend to use my experience of working with local groups and charities to improve things for all those living in both communities.
“I would personally like to thank all those who voted for me and to my campaign team who conducted a very positive campaign. I look forward to the challenges ahead and to serving the people to the best of my ability”.