THE fate of 17 councillors rests in the hands of voters as the Milton Keynes Council elections get under way.
At least four new councillors will be elected with existing members stepping down from their posts, as the Conservatives look to hold on to their narrow advantage over the Lib Dems to keep control of the council for another two years.
Councillor Andrew Geary, leader of the Conservative group and current leader of the council, said: “It is panning out as well as possible for us at the moment. We’ve had a good campaign and done all we can.
“The opinion polls nationally haven’t helped and sometimes national trends can filter to local elections but we hope it doesn’t as we’ve had some positive feedback from a lot of people around the city telling us we have served Milton Keynes well in the last 12 months.”
Councillor Sam Crooks, leader of the Lib Dem group is up for election in Middleton. He said: “It’s always an important time of year, and even more so this time around because these elections count for two years. It is also important because it could decide the fate of the council as we go forward.
“We are quietly confident of making some gains, but we never like to second guess the electorate and we will find out in the next few days.”
Councillor Norman Miles, leader of the Labour group said: “Every councillor approaches the elections differently, but as a group we’re confident of making some gains. We’re an experienced bunch, and hope to get some new blood in there too – it’ll be good for the council going forwards. We will be disappointed if we don’t make any gains.”
Votes will be counted tomorrow (Friday).