Meet-the-candidates session a hit
GWINEAR, Gwithian and St Erth voters are set to go to the polls today to elect a new Cornwall councillor.
The by-election follows the death of Ray Tovey.
Around 35 constituents attended a meeting organised by Gwinear-Gwithian and St Erth parish councils last week to enable the candidates to introduce themselves and answer questions.
St Erth parish clerk Pete Rylett said the evening had been a success and voters had grilled the would-be politicians on a number of topics: "It ranged from operational issues that make a difference to people's daily lives, such as toilets, up to more high-level issues such as the perception by the public that Cornwall Council is wasting huge amounts of money," he said.
"There were some quite probing questions."
The candidates are Yvonne Bates (Lib Dem) of Angarrack; Derek Elliott (Ind) of Angarrack; Sheila Furneaux (Ind) of St Hilary; John Gillingham (Mebyon Kernow) of Troon; Malcolm Hurst (Lab) of St Ives; Anthony Pascoe (Con) of Fraddam; and Michael Roberts (Ind) of Gwinear.
Polling stations will be open today from 7am to 10pm at the Women's Institute Hall, Turnpike Road, Connor Downs, Gwithian Church Hall, Churchtown Road, Gwithian, Wall Methodist Sunday School, Wall, Gwinear and St Erth Methodist Hall, Chapel Hill.
Mr Rylett said the councils would consider holding a similar candidates' meeting ahead of next May's local elections.