Mayor's ward gets lowest turnout

By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 23 May 2014 Updated: 23/05 19:12

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THE SMALLEST percentage of voters turned out to back a candidate in the current Mayor's ward.

Greenlands - where Wanda King is contesting her seat - had only 28 per cent of people voting, a total of 1,800 out of an electorate of 6,333.

By contrast, 41 per cent of the electorate voted in Astwood Bank and Feckenham, where a new councillor will take over from Michael Chalk who was not selected to stand. In that ward, there were a total of 1,946 voters out of a potential 4,709.

Overall, the turnout for the Redditch Borough Council elections was 34 per cent - 18,511 casting their vote out of an electorate of 53,814, while 33 per cent voted in the Arrow Valley East county council by-election and 35 per cent cast their vote in the European election.

This compares to a 27.78 per cent turnout in the last borough elections held in 2012, possibly due to the Europeans being held on the same day.

Full turnout numbers by ward -

ABBEY - votes 1,750, electorate 4,645, turnout 38 per cent.

ASTWOOD BANK AND FECKENHAM - votes 1,946, electorate 4,709, turnout 41 per cent.

BATCHLEY AND BROCKHILL - votes 1,788, electorate 5,811, turnout 31 per cent.

CENTRAL - votes 1,586, electorate 4,531, turnout 35 per cent.

CHURCH HILL - votes 1,918, electorate 6,196, turnout 31 per cent.

CRABBS CROSS - votes 1,680, electorate 4,513, turnout 37 per cent.

GREENLANDS - votes 1,800, electorate 6,333, turnout 28 per cent.

HEADLESS CROSS AND OAKENSHAW - votes 2,476, electorate 6,792, turnout 36 per cent.

LODGE PARK - votes, 1,270, electorate 3,811, turnout 33 per cent.

WINYATES - votes 2,297, electorate 6,473, turnout 35 per cent.

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