The Green Party’s Phil Neve is the new North Somerset district councillor for Congresbury and Puxton. He polled more than 64 per cent of the vote at the by-election held on Thursday and continues a long tradition of Congresbury and Puxton having a Green councillor going back more than 30 years.

Samantha Pepperall of the Conservative Party received 270 votes, 29 per cent of votes cast, while the Labour Party’s Dawn Parry received six per cent of the votes.

The total number of votes cast was 922. Turnout was 29.5 per cent of voters, lower than normal, which was blamed on the heatwave.

The by-election followed the resignation of Liberal Democrat councillor Stuart Treadaway elected two years ago.