Green candidate Rob Smith wins by-election

GREEN Party candidate Rob Smith has won a seat on Lyme Regis Town Council.

Mr Smith won the town council by-election yesterday (Thursday) with 255 votes.

He beat former Mayor of Lyme Regis, Owen Lovell, who polled 230 votes, and former deputy mayor Steve Miller with 88 votes.

The fourth candidate, Marine Theatre trustee Paul Edmonds, polled 77 votes.

The turnout was 21.2%.

The by-election was called following the resignation of Cheryl Reynolds, just a week after retaining her seat in the May elections, and Mr Smith will now immediately take up the vacancy.

Mr Smith, who moved to Lyme Regis two years ago, is a passionate environmentalist and supporter of the Turn Lyme Green and Plastic Free Lyme Regis groups.

In his election address, Mr Smith said he would work closely with the new One Planet working group, which aims to bring local organisations together to live more sustainably, and would promote more employment opportunities and affordable housing.

Mr Smith is also a member of Uplyme Church council and has performed with the Marine Players.

He also stood as a Green Party candidate in the recent election for the new Dorset Council, but the seat to represent Lyme Regis and Charmouth was won by Conservative Daryl Turner.

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