THE Deputy Mayor of Lyme Regis has resigned from the town council with immediate effect – two weeks earlier than expected.
Jeff Scowen shocked the town in October when he announced that he intended to resign on December 31, as he had decided to move to north Wales to be closer to family.
But his departure has come two weeks earlier than expected and he has officially handed in his resignation.
Mr Scowen said: “I am resigning my position as town councillor with immediate effect.
“I had originally intended to resign on December 31 as I am moving to north Wales to be nearer to my family but things have moved quicker than expected and I will be leaving Lyme Regis this week.
“I would like to bid a fond farewell to the town and my council colleagues – it has been an honour to serve as town councillor, deputy mayor and chairman of the Tourism, Community and Publicity Committee.”
Mr Scowen first won a seat on Lyme Regis Town Council in 2016, beating former mayor Ken Dibben in a by-election. He was returned to the council with 549 votes in the May election this year.
A reggae DJ and artist, Councillor Scowen quickly became known as one of the most colourful characters the council had ever seen. He is a keen social media user, regularly posting quirky videos to help promote the town, and even setting up his own Facebook page ‘Pride of Lyme’.
However, his comments on social media have often split opinion and caused heated debates.
He had expressed delight at being elected deputy mayor earlier this year, and subsequently the chairman of the Tourism, Community & Publicity Committee, which he said had been an ambition of his since joining the council.
Mr Scowen chaired his last committee meeting last Wednesday evening.
A by-election is expected to be called in the New Year to fill the vacancy.