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pollingstationA by-election will be held for the Newport West ward seat that has become vacant following the resignation from Newport Parish Council of convicted sex offender David Whittaker, who is currently serving a prison sentence for child sex crimes.

Speaking about the upcoming vote, which will take place on Thursday 10th April , Roger Dixcey, a well-known local figure, confirmed that he will stand for the position and has said:

“As a governor of Newport Church of England Primary School, having been involved with the school since before it was even built, and having lived in Newport for many years, I have been approached by many local people to see if I would be willing to stand in this by-election. I have now confirmed that I will do so.

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“Newport West ward is a fantastic place to live, but it does have its own problems with traffic chaos at school run times and some serious issues with flooding during the recent storms. I really want to put something back into the local community.”

Roger Dixcey is a former member of the Isle of Wight Council and his wife, Debbie, already serves on Newport Parish Council.

Cllr Chris Whitehouse, who represents Newport West Ward on the Isle of Wight Council added:

“Roger works hard for the local community, has great experience on the Isle of Wight Council and would make a great parish councillor with whom I would work closely in future.”

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