Following last week’s local elections, Kincardine and Mearns has new representatives, with three changes being made to the councillors representing the area, including the election of the only two Labour councillors on Aberdeenshire Council.
In North Kincardine, Alison Evison became the first Labour candidate to be succesful in Aberdeenshire and joined re-elected Councillors Alistair Bews (SNP), Ian Mollison (Liberal Democrat) and Carl Nelson (Conservative). Liberal Democrat Councillor Paul Melling failed to get re-elected. Turnout in Ward 17 was lowest of the three in the Kincardine and Mearns area at 37.5%.
Alistair Bews was re-elected with 988 votes, Alison Evison received 853, Ian Mollison secured 464 and Carl Nelson received 782.
Former Area Chair Paul Melling missed out on being re-elected with winning 415 votes.
Stonehaven and Lower Deeside saw the second Labour candidate elected in Aberdeenshire as Raymond Christie won a seat. He joins re-elected Councillors; Wendy Agnew (Conservative), Graeme Clark (SNP) and Peter Bellarby (Liberal Democrat). Turnout was 38.59%.
Wendy Agnew secured the largest vote with 1111, Graeme Clark polled 667, Raymond Christie 404 and Peter Bellarby 354.
The only Independent in the Kincardine and Mearns Area was elected to the Mearns Ward as Dave Stewart took a seat. Three Councillors in the Mearns area were re-elected they were: George Carr (Conservative), Jean Dick (SNP) and Bill Howatson (Liberal Democrat). Turnout was 38.2%.
The Liberal Democrats were always set to lose a seat in the Mearns Ward as Cllr Tom Fleming retired and only one Liberal Democrat candidate stood.
George Carr received 868 votes, Jean Dick 867, Bill Howatson secured 839 while Dave Stewart got 431. The new Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee now comprises 3 SNP, 3 Conservative, 3 Liberal Democrat, 2 Labour and 1 Independent.
The Kincardine and Mearns area committee was previously made up of six Liberal Democrats, three Conservatives and three SNP.
No one party won a majority on Aberdeenshire Council. The figures were SNP 28 seats (+7), Conservatives 14 (+1), Liberal Democrats 12 (-9), Independents 11 (+2), and Green 1 seat (+1).