Brian set to be offered third year as Mayor of Lyme Regis

The Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Brian Larcombe MBE

LYME Regis town mayor, Cllr Brian Larcombe MBE, is set to serve for a third term as First Citizen.

The appointment should have taken place at Wednesday night’s full council meeting, but this was postponed due to national mourning for the Duke of Edinburgh.

Cllr Larcombe was the only nomination submitted in advance.

The mayoralty is usually offered for a two-year period, but the incumbent is able to stand for a third year if there are no other nominations.

Cllr Larcombe has had a particularly difficult term of office, having to deal with the coronavirus pandemic which placed severe pressure on council finances.

However, due to a busy 2020 summer, the council has recovered to a position where it still has about £800,000 in reserves.

Cllr Larcombe also missed out last year on holding civic occasions such as the traditional mayor making ceremony and annual civic night.

There were two nominations for the position of deputy mayor – Cllr John Broom and Cllr Kelsey Ellis. Cllr Broom withdrew leaving Cllr Ellis to become the youngest ever deputy mayor at the age of 20.

The final decision on the new mayor and deputy will be made at the postponed meeting on Thursday, April 22. Last-minute nominations can be made at the meeting, but it is expected Cllrs Larcombe and Ellis will take the positions.

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