Charles Aslett, the Conservative candidate has been duly elected to Crewkerne Town Council in a closely fought by-election. Charles Nicholas Aslett polled 671 votes with the Liberal Democrat candidate Robin Garfield Cottle polling 657 votes, resulting in a winning margin of just 14 votes. The turnout at the polls on Tuesday for the one vacant seat at Crewkerne Town Council was 23.61%. 10 ballot papers were rejected with one showing voting for more than one candidate and nine being unmarked or wholly void for uncertainty.
Charles Aslett works as a Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer. Apart from a few years away at university, he has lived and worked in Crewkerne and the local area all his life. As a town councillor, he has pledged to work in the community for the community, to promote the good things that are happening and to ask questions and bring balance. It is his intention, “to increase an opposition to a politically heavily weighted council and to effectively question sometimes unopposed decisions.”
Charles said: “I will do whatever is within my power to enhance the services, infrastructure and historic and cultural heritage that help make Crewkerne such a wonderful place to live and bring up children. Outside of my day job, I work with young people from all over Somerset. As well as helping organise the affiliation of Crewkerne Army Cadets and the Crewkerne Branch of the Royal British Legion, I work behind the scenes in helping to organise a number of local events and remembrance services. Like most British towns, Crewkerne is not without some concerns and I promise to do my best to address them.”