PERSEVERANCE has finally paid off for Chris Pillai who was celebrating last week after winning the seat in the Rastrick ward for the Tories.
It has been 12 years since Coun Pillai first stood as a candidate back in 1999 for the Brighouse ward.
Over the years he has battled to become a councillor in Rastrick, Brighouse and Town but was unsuccessful.
This year proved to be his year, retaining the seat for the Conservatives with 1,239 votes.
“It is a great pleasure to be elected and represent the people of Rastrick to the best of my ability and for the people that have helped me throughout my campaign,” he said.
“I saw reasonable promise throughout the campaign while I was talking to people on the streets and a lot of people were saying they intended to support me but I wasn’t complacent and taking it for granted.”
Councillor Pillai aims to improve housing in the area and intends to take an interest in parking issues outside the schools and policing such as anti-social behaviour.
He wants to encourage new businesses which will create jobs. He also wants to make sure there is good communication between local agencies and Calderdale Council.
“It is important that the local community is aware of key issues before any decisions are taken,” he said.
The Labour party was second in the polling with Peter Judge receiving 1,136 votes.
He said: “Quite clearly it is not just the Liberals who have lost popularity since the coalition government. It is also the Tories. The ordinary people of Rastrick have definitely started to come back to Labour and over the next 12 months we will build that up and take Rastrick next year.”
Independent candidate Adrian Hartshorn was third with 673 votes and Nick Yates for the Liberal Democrat’s was fourth with 439.
This means that seven of the nine councillors representing Brighouse, Rastrick and Hipperholme and Lightcliffe, are Tory with two independent councillors.