Nominations invited to fill Lyme Regis Town Council vacancy

NOMINATIONS are now being invited for the councillor vacancy on Lyme Regis Town Council.

A by-election will take place on Thursday, May 6, providing there are two or more nominations.

The vacancy arose after Leon Howe automatically ceased to be a councillor in December, in line with the Local Government Act 1972, having not attended a meeting for six months.

Nomination forms are now available to download from the Electoral Commission website, along with guidance for completing the form and information on campaigning. The forms must be printed as electronic copies cannot be accepted.

The closing date for nominations is 4pm on Thursday, April 8.

Under COVID guidelines, certain campaigning activities are also permitted from this week onwards and government guidance is available on safe campaigning.

Nomination papers must be h and delivered by appointment only at South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester DT1 1UZ between 8.30am and 4.30pm from March 29 2021 until 4pm on April 8 2021.

Appointments can be made by phoning 01305 838299 or emailing

For further information on the nomination delivery, visit the Dorset Council website.

Dorset Council is investigating whether it is able to offer a date to receive papers at other locations and will advise further if this is possible.

The key dates for the by-election are as follows:

  • Notice of election – March 29 2021
  • Close of receipt of nominations – Thursday, April 8, 4pm
  • Statement of persons nominated – issued by 4pm on Friday, April 9
  • Last date for registration for new electors – Monday, April 19
  • Last date for receipt of postal applications – Tuesday, April, 5pm
  • Last date for receipt of proxy applications – Tuesday, April 27, 5pm
  • First date for issue of lost/spoilt postal votes – Thursday, April 29

The town council by-election will coincide with an election for Dorset’s next Police & Crime Commissioner.

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