ALL OF St Ives Town Council's 16 seats will be contested – with particular focus on the five seats where the incumbents have decided not to stand again.
Hundreds of years' worth of town council experience will be lost – more than 40 years of it accrued by Terry Tonkin on his own – when Colin Sanger, Bill Fry, Yvonne Watson, Katrina Slack and Councillor Tonkin disappear from the Guildhall's worn wooden benches in May.
The landscape could also change in St Ives if people take heed of a new local interest party.
Candidates standing in the town's North and South Wards as well as Lelant and Carbis Bay have listed themselves as representing 'Community First' where others list Conservative, Lib Dem, Labour or Independent. Those standing under the new banner are all local campaigners with links to groups like St Ives Dog Owners' Group (DOG) or Parking Action St Ives (Pasti) or both.
Community First's Rex Henry is also the former chair of the St Ives Trust which was formed to preserve the heritage and history of the town.
Standing as an Independent is Barbara Nolan, founder member of DOG.
Candidates for Labour, the Lib Dems, the Tories, the Greens and UKIP will also contest all three St Ives Cornwall Council seats. Current town councillors and Green party members Maxine Armstrong, Tim Andrewes and current Mayor Ron Tulley, are among those candidates standing in the three currently Conservative-held seats.