A brand new Liberal Democrat councillor has told Sheffield Wire progress made by the Party overnight means “voters now have councillors who listen and work hard”.
Kurtis Crossland took the Labour Party’s seat in Beighton after the incumbent Chris Rosling-Josephs stood down.
Cllr Crossland beat Julie Gledhill by just 84 votes. He said they knew it would be a close call and that he was “extremely grateful for the people of Beighton for trusting me to be their local councillor.”
Talking about his campaign, Cllr Crossland said he spoke with a voter yesterday who said, in 30 years of living in Hillsborough, he had never spoken to a local councillor.
Cllr Crossland, who ran for election in Mosborough last year, said as a result he gained the voter’s support and promises to stay in touch with people in the ward all year round.
He said the issues he will be focusing on are road safety and speeding, as well as ensuring the Owlthorpe housing development does not “put people out of their way even more”.
Speaking about the development, Cllr Crossland said it had been pushed through the council without public consent and the two sites which are being built have caused congestion issues with tractors driving up and down the roads.
He said he will be making sure developers are sticking to the rules.
Cllr Crossland said: “I am really grateful for the trust people have put in me.
“I won’t be able to fix everything overnight but I will keep in touch with people and be honest with them when things don’t happen.”