THE Morecambe Bay Independents have retained control of Morecambe Town Council with a reduced majority.
Members of the group have however welcomed the chance to work with other parties on the future of the resort.
The group won an overall majority with 16 of the 26 seats on the council down from the 25 they picked up when the council was formed in 2009.
The Labour Party won five seats, Independence 4 Morecambe four and the Liberal Democrats one.
MBI leader Coun David Kerr said: “It’s a very good result for the MBIs. The added variety on the town council is great and we will be working with Labour and Independence 4 Morecambe.
“The people of Morecambe wanted a town council and the MBIs fought for it.
“The MBIs would like to thank the people that voted and the town council. The money will be spent on their wards without interference from the city council.”
Torrisholme MBI Coun Roger Dennison said: “It’s good to get a wider variety, it’s better for democracy. All we want though is that everyone wants a better future for Morecambe.
“There are problems, and with public finances the way they are it’s going to be a difficult four years.”
The Labour Party, who will be represented on the town council for the first time, carried on their success from the city council elections, with Margaret Pattison, Terrie Metcalfe, David Whitaker and Janice Hanson being elected as they had the day previous.
Darren Clifford was also elected for Labour in Poulton.
For the full results visit http://www.lancaster.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/elections-and-voting/elections/parish-council-election-results-2011/
The council will elect a new chairman and vice-chairman at their next meeting on Thursday, May 19.
For more reaction to the city and town council results see this week’s Visitor.