Council looking for new member to fill vacancy

GuildallCOUNCILLORS will be asked to choose a new member to join the council following confirmation a by-election will not be held.

We have a town councillor vacancy following the resignation of the deputy mayor, Kelsey Ellis, in September.

The vacancy was advertised in early October but an election can only be held if 10 Lyme Regis electors request one within 14 days.

Dorset Council has confirmed it didn’t receive the requisite number of requests, which means the town council must co-opt a new member. This means we are asking eligible candidates to apply to become a councillor.

Applications should be made by email or in writing to the town clerk at townclerk@lymeregistowncouncil.gov.uk or to the council office by midday on Monday, November 15.

Applications should include a 250-word explanation of why you would like to be a town councillor and must be proposed and seconded by registered Lyme Regis electors.

We will hold an extraordinary full council meeting on November 23 2021 when the applicants will be invited to introduce themselves to the council, give information on their background and experience and explain why they wish to become a member.

If there are two or more candidates, the sitting members will take a vote on who should be co-opted.

The council encourages people of all ages, backgrounds, experiences and abilities to apply and we are particularly keen to attract younger people.

The town council is only as connected and effective as the people elected to run it so we need councillors who are capable, enthusiastic and engaged.

To be a good councillor, you need to be forward-thinking, a good team player, be able to listen constructively, have a sound knowledge of local affairs, be able to communicate clearly, and be willing to attend meetings and represent the council at external events.

However, the most important attribute is to care about the community and be willing to take an active role.

Applicants must first check they are eligible to be a town councillor. The qualifications and disqualifications to stand as a candidate are available on the Electoral Commission website www.electoralcommission.org.uk

For more information about the role of a councillor and the eligibility criteria, please contact us for an informal chat.

Alan JefferiesEnforcement officer Alan marks 30 years of service

OUR enforcement officer has been honoured for over 30 years of service to the town council.

Alan Jefferies was presented with a tankard and a pair of cufflinks in recognition of three decades of service.

Alan reached the 30-year anniversary in 2020, but due to COVID-19, the presentation couldn’t be made until this year.

He joined the council as a seasonal enforcement officer in 1990 and was later appointed as a gardener, working on enforcement in the summer and gardening in the winter.

Alan was appointed as a full-time enforcement officer in 2017.

He said: “I’ve enjoyed both roles but as I was getting older, I didn’t know if I would still be able to push a mower up the bank.”

Alan said a good working environment has kept him with the council for so long.

“It’s a lovely town and I want to be able to do my best for it,” he said.

“It’s lovely surroundings, I have a nice group of people to work with and the council has always been a good employer.

“I get on with most people and it’s just a lovely working environment.”

Council staff compete in annual mini golf tournament

THE council staff’s annual mini golf tournament saw a new champion and a new wooden spoon holder.

Each year the staff challenge each other to a round of mini golf in Lister Gardens.

Our cleansing assistant Darren Cheney took the top spot this year, with administrative assistant Kerry Weekley going home with the wooden spoon.

Live ammunition rounds found in river

TWO live ammunition rounds, possible from the First World War, have been found in the River Lim by one of our team.

Lengthsman Mark Bujniewicz was replacing slats on the bridge between Broad Street car park and the Town Mill when he noticed them among a pile of metal in the waterway.

He said: “I was fixing the bridge over the river and looked down and saw in the gully, about 2ft wide, a pile of metal. I picked it up and saw there were two bullets.”

From our basic research, we believe the rounds are .303 Mk V or Mk VI rounds, possibly from the First World War era or earlier because they have a round nose.

The bullets were taken to the Tunnel Target Sports Centre near Charmouth for safe disposal.

Perhaps there is someone out there who can confirm whether we have identified the bullets correctly? We’d be pleased to hear from anyone who can provide more information.

Council takes part in Carbon Literacy training

THE council this week took part in a national pilot scheme to prepare councillors for their responsibilities in addressing climate change.

The Carbon Literacy Project offers every citizen a day’s worth of carbon literacy training, providing people with the knowledge to understand the carbon costs and impacts of everyday activities, as well as the ability and motivation to reduce emissions and tackle climate change.

The project has provided a free-to-use toolkit for town and parish councils and this week our council tested the course materials before they are publicly launched.

The training was delivered by our Environment Committee chairman Cllr Belinda Bawden.

Following a day of action-based learning, our councillors have developed an awareness of which actions will have the greatest impact in achieving net zero emissions.

They have also been provided with the knowledge and skills to cascade and embed environmentally sustainable and socially responsible values.

Taking part in the pilot scheme demonstrates the council’s commitment to the declared climate emergency and to achieving our environmental ambitions.

Virtual parking permits now available online

RESIDENTS’ concessionary parking permits have gone virtual this year and can be applied for through our website.

We issue permits to Lyme Regis residents to park for free at Monmouth Beach, Cabanya and Woodmead car parks at various times in the year.

In the past we have issued physical permits but in our efforts to go paperless, from now on they will be virtual.

Residents can apply for a permit on our website at www.lymeregistowncouncil.gov.uk/permits and must be able to upload a copy of the vehicle’s V5 registration document and proof of a Lyme Regis address, such as a council tax bill.

Permits can only be issued to full-time residents so the vehicle must be registered to a Lyme Regis address.

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