MEET THE CANDIDATES: Lyme Regis Town Council By-Election

voteLYME Regis residents will be going to the polls on Thursday, May 6 to elect a new town councillor. 

The town council has one vacancy to fill with four candidates in the running. Here you can find out more about the candidates before placing your vote on May 6.

Due to COVID regulations, there will also be some changes at polling stations, with more information available below.

Caroline AldridgeCAROLINE ALDRIDGE
Liberal Democrats

I AM keen to support Lyme as a thriving town that is an excellent place for people to live, work and visit.

Election to the town council would enable me to work hard to support the people who live and work in Lyme while contributing to the development of the best tourist experience for our visitors.

I am involved in many Lyme initiatives including the Medical Practice Patient Participation Group, the LymeForward Health and Wellbeing Group, the Foodbank and Turn Lyme Green. I volunteer at the Marine Theatre and support many music and arts events.

I know we have a great community in Lyme and we can make it even better by providing more support for those who need it, better opportunities for our young people to be able to live, work and play here and the best quality accessible environment for everyone to enjoy.

As a Lib Dem I am committed to listening to and acting on local needs, working to improve the environment and a fairer deal for housing that is both affordable and sensitively planned.

I would love to work in collaboration with local groups to promote and support these initiatives and also encourage the involvement of young people.

We need to focus on environmental issues, educating about littering, plastic and packaging waste, encouraging recycling and valuing our environment and its resources.

Anti-social behaviour needs to be tackled swiftly by working with the police.

A key issue I would like to address is traffic flow management and parking, from the aspects of safety, pollution and consideration to residents. I would like to see an integrated public transport system including park and ride.

There is a diversity of exciting and innovative business in Lyme I want to support these further and raise the profile of local shops and businesses.

Vicki ElcoateVICKI ELCOATE
Green Party

I’M passionate about the need to care for our environment for the benefit of all of us.

It’s both about the big things like tackling climate change, and local issues like finding out what people’s immediate needs are, protecting our green spaces and looking after wildlife on our doorsteps.

My background is in the voluntary sector; I loved working with enthusiastic volunteers to conserve and enjoy our beautiful landscapes, and for clean water, soil and air.

I was the Director of the Council for National Parks and of the UK Environmental Law Association. I’ve volunteered with the National Trust, food banks and the allotment association, championing grow your own.

I moved to Lyme Regis to be close to family, and I am delighted to live in such an active community with such a beautiful natural setting.

I am certainly looking forward to helping make it an even better place to live. If I’m elected I would aim to work collaboratively with others to:

  • Promote wildlife, nature and growing food in our gardens and, with the Garden Growers, community gardens
  • Develop a scheme for local renewables, warmer homes and lower energy bills
  • Prioritise provision of affordable green housing for local people
  • Support local food production and reduce food waste
  • Encourage initiatives which provide skills and training for sustainable jobs

I see a town councillor’s role as one of listening to local residents, supporting them in their efforts to make their community and environment better.

Christopher ServiceCHRISTOPHER SERVICE
Independent

“NOW more than ever it is crucial that communities and businesses are supported” – Christopher Service.

May I take this fabulous opportunity to introduce myself, I’m Chris and you may have seen me around Lyme Regis either on the Lyme Regis Golf Course, walking our three dogs or undertaking daily business.

The policies I would like to see actioned are:

  • Tackling antisocial behaviour including graffiti and littering
  • Bring into motion the Green Dog Walkers Scheme (anti fouling)
  • Fairer use of open spaces / beaches for residents and visitors
  • Solutions to parking and the park and ride

Having lived in a variety of great communities in my 56 years I have settled on Lyme Road in the hamlet of Burrowshot, just outside of Uplyme, following many happy holidays in Lyme Regis as a child, a town I love and my mother’s hometown.

My background is over 30 years in IT, jobs ranging from Business Analyst to Change Control & Operations Manager, working for employers from QVC The Shopping Channel to The Youth Justice Service, which has given me with a fantastic skill set to become a logical and fair minded councillor.

As a councillor I would strive for common sense, finding the best solutions for given issues whilst ensuring a fair consensus is achieved.

Having always had an interest in politics, particularly local politics, I keep up to date with local issues and at this present time, more than any other time in recent history, I believe councils and their decisions will be crucial in helping communities begin to build and recover from the awful toll that the COVID virus has wreaked, both financially and mentally on our community.

I am excited about the prospect of being your new councillor and look forward to positively contributing to this wonderful community.

Tara WebbTARA WEBB

I’M standing as a candidate in the town council election for Lyme Regis and would ask you to take a little time to read this letter before making up your mind which way to vote on May 6 2021. I will fight for what is fair.

I was born in Lyme Regis and educated at the Lyme Regis Woodroffe School and Exeter College in hospitality and catering. I have worked for 10 years in the care industry and of late in several restaurants in the locality.

I have been furloughed and made redundant in this very difficult time so understand exactly what people and families are facing.

I believe that local people should be allowed to sort out local issues and that Lyme’s agenda must be based on a sound set of policies with a clear vision for the future.

I would like the opportunity to put forward the view of the town’s people and will always represent your views.

I have worked tirelessly with Lyme Garden Growers and firmly believe all the environmental issues that this town and indeed our country face.

The last year I have been involved with the Community Support Group and worked with them shopping for residents, collecting prescriptions and helping where necessary. It has been extremely rewarding.

My objective is to be elected as your town councillor, taking the views of the people of Lyme first and foremost.

Born in Lyme, living in Lyme, working for Lyme.

Thank you for taking the time to read this – I can assure you that I will give 100 per cent. Town council election May 21 2021 – vote Tara Webb.

What will be different about this year’s elections?

DORSET Council is putting in place precautions to ensure you can vote safely and in a COVID secure way on May 6. This means there will be some differences to the way you normally vote.

You may be asked to vote at a different polling station to ensure there is enough space for all electors to remain socially distanced. Double check your polling card to ensure you go to the correct polling station.

When you go to the polling station on May 6, you should wear a face mask and bring your own pen or pencil to make your vote, although there will be some available.

Hand sanitiser will be available at polling stations, which will also be ventilated and regularly cleaned throughout polling day.

Jonathan Mair, Corporate Director – Legal & Democratic at Dorset Council, said: “I want to give every reassurance that our polling stations will be safe places for voters to cast their vote on May 6.

“All venues will be COVID-safe, with the measures applied that we’ve all become used to in our supermarkets and banks over the past year.

“Our staff have been working hard to achieve this and look forward to meeting local voters on May 6.”

You can find out more about placing your vote safely on the Dorset Council website www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

The Lyme Regis Town Council by-election on May 6 will coincide with the election for Dorset’s Police and Crime Commissioner. To meet the candidates for Police and Crime Commissioner, click here.

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