by Alan Quick
LONG-standing Liberal Democrat councillor Nick Way retained his Crediton Rural seat with 2,093 votes to Conservative Clive Eginton who received 1,679 votes. Mr Way had a majority of 414.
The Labour candidate Susan Macrow-Hill received 271 votes and Mike Szabo (UKIP) 238.
Voters went to the polls on Thursday, May 4 and results were announced today, Friday, May 5.
There was a 43 per cent turnout for the Crediton seat, with a high of 46 per cent in the Creedy ward.
In Creedy Taw and Mid Exe, Margaret Squires retained her seat with 2,622 votes ahead of Crediton Mayor Frank Letch (Liberal Democrat with 1,194.
Conservative Jerry Brook, from Crediton, retained his seat with 2,040 votes, ahead of Richard Keeling (Liberal Democrat).
In Exeter, Labour held all seven of its Devon County Council seats with the Conservatives taking the other two.
Conservatives also took all the seats in West Devon and Torridge.
However the Conservatives retain control of Devon County Council.
Conservative Stuart Hughes (Sidmouth), said the Conservatives taking overall control of Devon County Council, more than the magic 31 seats, with 42 seats was "excellent news" and "gave a clear message".
The Liberal Democrats gained seven, Labour seven and the Green Party one, with three wins for independent candidates.
Mr Way has represented the area for the past 12 years. He is also a Town and District councillor.
Nick and his wife Jan live in the County Council division at Westwood, Crediton and have been in the area for more than 40 years.
They have three grown up sons who all attended Crediton schools and two grandchildren who attend QE.
During his time as the local councillor Nick says he has built a reputation as an effective, active community campaigner, working with local groups to maintain and improve the Tarka line and bus services, supporting village hall improvement schemes, continually pressing the council to provide more funds for road repair and, with others, championed the Crediton to Exeter cycle and walking route.
He organised the petition to protest against cuts in our local schools’ budgets, campaigned against local NHS cuts and the increased parking charges at St Saviour’s Way car park.
Through the Community Funds, introduced by a previous Lib Dem-controlled County Council, Nick said he had been able to support more than 100 local organisations to obtain funding towards numerous projects which have all benefited the local community.
Those elected lead Devon County Council and will be responsible for key local services for the next four years.
County Council elections in England take place once every four years, and this year 60 seats were up for grabs in Devon.
Due to Boundary Commission changes, this was a reduction of two seats from the last whole council elections in 2013 where 62 seats were contested.
There were 56 “single-member” Electoral Divisions and two “two-member” Divisions in this election.
Devon County Council is responsible for 85 per cent of all local public services in Devon.
With an annual budget of more than £1.1 billion, it touches the lives of thousands of people by providing vital local services to support children and families, the elderly and vulnerable and communities.
It is also responsible for important infrastructure such as Devon’s massive road network and is the only democratically-elected voice for the whole county on issues such as the economy and sustainability.
Helping the local community to recover from the recession, investing in a sustainable future for our communities, protecting the environment, caring for our growing number of old people, ensuring a good future for our children are all key issues the county continues to face in the coming years.
Continued pressure on public spending, a national crisis in health and social care, devolution of powers from Westminster and Brexit all give this particular election added significance.
Clive Eginton (Conservative) 1679, Susan Macrow-Hill (Labour) 271, Mike Szabo (UKIP) 238 and Nick Way (Liberal Democrat) 2,093.
Creedy Taw and Mid Exe
Paul Anthony Edwards (Green) 310, Lloyd Knight (Liberal) 114, Frank William Letch (Liberal Democrat) 1,194, Tim Matthews (UKIP) 262, John Ross (Labour) 402, Margaret Squires (Conservative) 2,622.
Chudleigh and Teign Valley
Jerry Brook (Conservative) 2,040, Richard Michael Keeling (Liberal Democrat) 1,553, Anthony Krys (Labour) 288, Katie Anne Reveille (Green) 226.
Chulmleigh and Landkey
Richard Coling Edgell (Conservative) 1,849, Marion Elizabeth Mason (Labour) 194, Lucie Catherine Puttipap (Green) 200, David John Worden (Liberal Democrat) 884.
Hatherleigh and Chagford
Paul Louise Frisby (Labour) 384, James Raymond McInnes (Conservative) 2,615, David Osbiston (Green) 444, Bob Rush (UKIP) 190, Ross Anthony Wolverton (Liberal Democrat) 543.