Councillor asked to apologise after offending resident

Councillor Jeff Scowen

TOWN councillor Jeff Scowen was forced to apologise to a member of the public this week, after they took offence at being described as a “critic” of the council.

Lyme Regis resident and keen council follower Nigel Ball asked for Councillor Scowen to apologise at Wednesday night’s Strategy & Finance Committee meeting, after taking offence at his comments.

Councillor Scowen had been praising the council’s new Corporate Plan, saying it should be distributed to all Lyme Regis residents to show what the council had achieved.

He commented: “It’s very positive and it shows we’ve done good things. I know we have our critics…”

Councillor Scowen then implied he was referring to Mr Ball, who was sitting in the public gallery.

The Mayor, Councillor Michaela Ellis, immediately reprimanded him, saying: “None of that, please.”

At the end of the discussion, Mr Ball interrupted the meeting to ask Councillor Scowen to apologise.

“That is unfair. You’re asking people to stand on the council and you say I’m a critic. I come down here and I’m very polite,” he commented.

Councillor Scowen apologised, saying his comments were meant “light-heartedly”.

Mr Ball replied: “You’re a councillor, be serious. I don’t expect that and I’m not going to stand for it.”

Mr Ball and his wife then left the meeting.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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