People in Lyme Regis and Charmouth have cast their votes and the results are in following the by-election yesterday (7 April).

Belinda Bawden from the Green Party has been elected as the new Dorset Council councillor for the Ward.  The by-election was called after the resignation of Daryl Turner who since the creation of Dorset Council in 2019 had served as the first Dorset Council Councillor for Lyme Regis.

The total number of votes cast was 1357. Two ballot papers were rejected, and the turnout was just under 33 per cent.

Jonathan Mair, Dorset Council’s Director of Legal and Democratic declared the result and confirmed that the number of votes cast for each candidate were:

Belinda Bawden (Green) – 594 votes
David Hart (Labour) – 82 votes

Cheryl Reynolds, (Independent) – 320 votes
Vicci Stocqueler (Conservative) – 359 votes

As well as representing their own ward, councillors provide community leadership across the county and are responsible for services that include social care, children’s services, libraries, travel and transport, street cleaning, highways, country parks, waste collection, housing and planning, with a total budget of just over £331 million.

The current political composition of the Dorset Council:

Conservative 43

Liberal Democrat 28

Alliance for Local Living (Independents) 5

Green 5

Labour and Co-operative 1

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