LABOUR retained hold of the Leftwich and Kingsmead ward on Vale Royal Borough Council after a keenly fought by-election on Thursday.
The party's candidate Helen Burder polled 334 votes, narrowly seeing off Liberal Democrat Glyn Roberts (296 votes) and the Conservative candidate Katherine Birtwistle (293 votes).
The election was called following the retirement of Cllr Mary Bowhay-Merrit after 16 years.
Her successor said: 'As promised in the campaign I will try to resolve the issues that have been raised over the last few weeks.
'In Leftwich there has been much speculation on the site of the Good Shepherd. My answer is to ask the residents exactly what they want on the site - and not to presume that a new community centre is the answer.
'Many residents said they would prefer the site to be cleaned up and made to look presentable with possibly extra parking; they had too much trouble in the past with anti-social behaviour when there was a building on the plot.
'I would also like to try and do something about the traffic problems around Leftwich.
'On Kingsmead, the street lighting situation and road adoption plans are important.'
She also asked why so many people were taking their rubbish to the tip if the recycling service is so successful.
The South Walian moved to Kingsmead in 1999, and is a member of Northwich Town Council and governor at Sir John Deane's College.