Councillor fulfils ambition to lead tourism committee

Councillor Jeff Scowen

THE deputy mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Jeff Scowen, has been given his first committee chairmanship since joining the council three years ago.

Councillor Scowen was elected chairman of the Tourism, Community & Publicity Committee this week, which he said had been an ambition of his since first joining the council.

He was elected unanimously with no other nominations for the post.

The council’s youngest ever member, 19-year-old Kelsey Ellis, was elected vice-chairman, just beating fellow new member Belinda Bawden.

During his first meeting as chairman, Councillor Scowen said he wanted to completely re-think the council’s traditional tourism brochure, and hoped to present what he thought would be a “groundbreaking and award-winning” new idea in September.

Councillor John Broom has retained the chair of the Town Management & Highways Committee, with Councillor Scowen also continuing as vice-chairman.

The Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Brian Larcombe MBE, continues as chairman of Human Resources with new member Gillian Stammers as vice-chairman.

Councillor Larcombe has also been elected vice-chairman of the Planning Committee, serving under new chairman Graham Turner.

The only remaining chairmanship to be decided is for the influential Strategy & Finance Committee, which will meet on Wednesday, July 10.

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