Deputy mayor loses seat on town council


LYME Regis deputy mayor Steve Miller has lost his seat on the town council.

In yesterday’s town council election in which there were 16 nominations for 14 seats, Mr Miller, who chaired the council’s most influential committee, Strategy & Finance, only polled 365 votes.

The other councillor to lose his seat was Sean Larcombe, who polled 398 votes.

Top of the poll was a fairly new councillor, former lifeboatman and coastguard Graham Turner with 691 votes, beating Cheryl Reynolds by just one vote.

Mrs Reynolds also contested the seat for Lyme Regis and Charmouth on the new Dorset Council, which was won by her brother Daryl Turner.

Graham Turner topped the poll in Lyme Regis Town Council election

Current mayor Michaela Ellis came third, polling 611 votes and her daughter Kelsey polled 457 votes and becomes the town’s youngest councillor ever at the age of 19.

Also elected was 20-year-old Leon Howe, son of former Lyme councillor Rikey Austin, who stood unsuccessfully in yesterday’s county election, polling 426 votes on a Labour ticket.

The other councillors elected were: Belinda Bawden (508 votes); John Broom (492 votes); Richard Doney (529 votes); Brian Larcombe (473 votes); David Ruffle (523 votes); Gillian Stammers (513 votes); David Sarson (502 votes); Jeff Scowen (549 votes); and Stan Williams (455 votes).

The turnout was 44.56 per cent – one of the best turnouts for town and parish councils in Dorset.

A new mayor will be elected at the annual meeting of Lyme Regis Town Council on May 15 and committee chairmen will be elected at subsequent meetings.

Woodmead Halls

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