THE Mayor of Lyme Regis, Cllr Brian Larcombe MBE, has reacted to the resignation of his deputy Kelsey Ellis.
In a damning resignation letter, Miss Ellis announced she would be standing down as deputy mayor and as a town councillor, calling out her colleagues for “childish behaviour” and “bullying tendencies”.
The 21-year-old, who first joined the council in May 2019 becoming the authority’s youngest ever member, said she felt she had been discriminated against because of her age.
Cllr Larcombe has now thanked Miss Ellis, who intends to move away from Lyme Regis, for her time and commitment and praised her positive input to the council.
He said: “It’s a pity Kelsey has announced that she is leaving Lyme Regis and vacating her position on the town council.
“In her two years on the council she was elected chair of the Tourism, Community and Publicity Committee and followed Cllr Stan Williams as deputy mayor in May of this year.
“She was able to make the kind of constructive input she showed within last week’s council committee meeting.
“I wish to thank her for the time and commitment she gave, and the contribution she has made.”
Commenting on the strong comments Miss Ellis made about councillors’ behaviour, Cllr Larcombe continued: “In her resignation letter Kelsey has echoed the statement I made a few months ago about the level of behaviour at meetings and the standards that should be expected.
“The voluntary code of conduct is a constant that must be respected and she supported that ethos.
“We wish Kelsey all the best for her career and whatever the future brings in her new location.”
How Kelsey’s position will be filled
Election of a deputy mayor for the remainder of the 2021-22 council year will take place at the full council meeting on October 27.
Notice of a councillor vacancy has been given today (Monday) and an election will be held if 10 Lyme Regis electors request one within 14 days of the notice.
This means requests for an election must be received by Dorset Council’s returning officer by October 22.
Dorset Council has confirmed if an election is called, it will take place no later than December 29. If no election is called, the seat will be filled by co-option.
Requests for an election must be made either in writing to the returning officer, electoral services, Dorset Council, County Hall, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XJ or by email to email@example.com
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