RESIDENTS in Braunton have elected a new councillor to the village's parish council.
Independent candidate Trish Parsons was elected in a landslide victory on Thursday, gaining more than 70% of the total vote. She defeated Conservative candidate Linda Wellstead.
Trish, who has lived in the village for the past 27 years, said she was delighted to have been elected for the vacant Braunton west ward seat.
She said: "I would like to say thank you to everyone for their support and encouragement and for voting, which has now given me the opportunity to carry out this role.
"I share many of the village's concerns and understand the problems that face us in Braunton.
"I am always one of the first to moan about problems in Braunton, so when a position came up on the parish council I looked upon it as an opportunity to be able to speak up and advocate for those with the same concerns as my own."
Self-employed Trish, who works in mental health and social care, has in the past chaired the village's tennis club and access group.
Although the by-election saw only a 16% turnout, Trish said she hoped to act as a voice of the community in her new role.
She said: "Having been elected, I will, along with the rest of the parish council, be a voice of the community, listening to residents and campaigning their concerns and needs.
"I share concerns about the worsening traffic congestion and air pollution, the issues around the pedestrian crossings and traffic lights, and living in Mill Stile I am more than aware of the flooding problems.
"It's all about the love of the village, its history and the people that live here, while heading for positive outcomes that are right for Braunton."