Hertfordshire County Council election results 2021: Berkhamsted division
Residents took to the polls on Thursday (May 6)
Results from Thursday's Hertfordshire County Council election are coming in, and in Berkhamsted Liberal Democrats candidate Nigel Taylor has won the seat.
Members are routinely elected every four years in ‘all-out’ elections – with the last set of full elections held in 2017.
There are 10 county councillors elected from divisions in Dacorum.
Eight of those 10 seats were held by Conservatives and two by Lib Dems, before Thursday's election.
Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green candidates were standing in every one of the county council seats within Dacorum – with a Reform candidate standing in Bridgewater and independent Jan Maddern in Hemel Hempstead South East.
Voter turn out in Berkhamsted was 47%.
Elected - Nigel Taylor (Liberal Democrats) - 2949 votes (52%)
Peter Matthews (Conservative) - 1695 votes (30%)
Joe Stopps (Green Party) - 557 votes (10%)
Cameron Brady-Turner (Labour) - 487 votes (9%).
Cllr Nigel Taylor said: "I would like to thank the people of Berkhamsted for electing me to represent them on Hertfordshire County Council.
"I would also like to thank the hundreds of people I met on the door step during the campaign, for taking the time to talk to me.
"There are many challenges facing our town, some within our influence, others outside it.
"We have all suffered from the Covid pandemic, in different ways. The full economic impacts have not yet been felt. The recovery will be challenging. I will push to ensure councils support local businesses and employees, to help them recover as quickly as possible.
"We also face the challenge of the Local Plan’s proposal to build over 2,200 houses in Berkhamsted, without any consideration of the infrastructure needed to support them.
"I will work with my Liberal Democrat colleagues on the councils, to get these numbers reduced to a level the town can sustain and that the infrastructure is provided first."
Voters in Dacorum also voted on who they wanted to take up the role of Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire – the contest was due to take place last year, but was delayed due to the pandemic.
The result of Herts PCC and the Dacorum Borough Council by-election - Tring Central Ward and Leverstock Green Ward - will be announced on Monday (May 10).