Aylesbury Vale’s two newest councillors have spoken of their delight at winning seats on the district council in the recent by-elections.
Anders Christensen and Peter Agoro, who are both Lib Dems, beat second-placed UKIP for the Gatehouse and Southcourt wards in Aylesbury respectively.
Mr Christensen, 42, originally hails from Denmark, coming over to Hertfordshire when he was 12 after his father was offered a job in the UK with a Danish bacon company.
Despite not being able to speak any English at the time, he now has no trace of an accent.
He said: “I’m really grateful to everyone who supported me and came out to vote.”
Mr Christensen, who lives in Buckingham Park (which will become part of the Gatehouse ward in May) with his wife Kate and two daughters, Eleanor, aged six, and Imogen, three, said he door-knocked every home in Gatehouse prior to the election to find out what the local issues were.
These included overgrown alleyways behind homes, people anxious that the new Sainsbury’s on Gatehouse Road get built and anti-social behaviour in Whitehill Park, next to the doctors’ surgery.
Mr Christensen, an insurance broker who helped save the Jonathan Page Centre, will now be contacting authorities in a bid to resolve these issues.
He said of his Danish roots: “The fact is I’m an immigrant working hard and I’m the kind of person UKIP tries to portray in a negative light. I’m sick and tired of the portrayal of us in a false light.”
Aged just 27, Peter Agoro joins Pearl Lewis as the only two councillors in their twenties serving the district.
He moved from east London to Tring Road, Aylesbury a year ago with his wife Carole to be with friends already in the town.
He works as a trainee community organiser at charity Community Impact Bucks while also co-ordinating next year’s Aylesbury Carnival in Walton Court.
He said: “Being a young person I can bring a bit of colour and vibrancy to the council. I am very active, very passionate about connecting on the doorsteps and listening to residents’ needs and concerns. I can relate to young people who need some positive role models.”
He added: “This is a positive result for Lib Dem party, a great victory. We are doing some great work locally. We are the most active party, we work for residents all year round.”