Candidates announced for unitary authority election

FOUR candidates will compete to represent Lyme Regis and Charmouth on the new unitary authority.

The first election for the new Dorset Council, which came into force on April 1 replacing the former district and county councils, will be held on May 2.

Four candidates will stand for the one Lyme Regis and Charmouth seat. They are Rikey Austin (Labour), Cheryl Reynolds (independent), Rob Smith (Green Party), and Daryl Turner (Conservative).

Daryl Turner represented the Marshwood Vale for Dorset County Council and Lyme and Charmouth for West Dorset District Council. He is currently Dorset Council’s Shadow Executive member and portfolio holder for the Environment, Roads & Parks.

His sister Cheryl Reynolds also represented Lyme and Charmouth at district level and sits on Lyme Regis Town Council.

Intense rivalry between the siblings has already come to the public fore, after Councillor Turner submitted a formal complaint to the monitoring officer about Councillor Reynolds’ behaviour. She was found to be in breach of the code of conduct on two counts and has since made a public apology.

Rikey Austin, who owns Alice’s Bear Shop and Teddy Bear & Doll Hospital, previously sat on Lyme Regis Town Council from 2011 to 2015.

Rob Smith is a member of the Plastic Free Lyme Regis campaign group.

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