District councillor resigns having ‘lost faith in leader’


    ONE of Lyme Regis’ two district councilors, George Symonds, has resigned from West Dorset District Council because he has lost confidence in Tory council leader Tony Alford.

    Mr Symonds has served as a district councillor for Lyme Regis and Charmouth for six years during which time he has serving on the Development & Planning Committee. He also served a four-year term on Lyme Regis Town Council.

    In his letter of resignation, submitted to the district council on Monday morning, Mr Symonds said: “Please accept my resignation from West Dorset District Council with immediate effect. I have lost confidence in the Council Leader and I feel I cannot fulfil my duties to my constituents in the manner I wish to do so. I would like to take this opportunity to than the residents of Lyme Regis and Charmouth for their support over the last number of years.”

    And he added: “I have not lost confidence in the Conservative Party and I will remain a member.”

    When contacted by the View From Lyme Regis, Mr Symonds, who owns and runs the Amusement Arcade on the seafront at Lyme Regis, said he did not wish to add to his statement, other than saying: “It is difficult to offer advice to constituents when you have no confidence in the leader.”

    Councillor Alford, who lives in Netherbury, represents the Beaminster Ward. He was elected leader of the council when Councillor Robert Gould took over as leader of Dorset County Council before losing his seat in the last election.

    The View contacted West Dorset District Council for a comment from Councillor Alford but did not receive a response.

    Lyme Regis editor & Colyton reporter | Francesca gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University before joining the paper full-time in 2011. She is now editor of the Lyme Regis edition, as well as a sub-editor on the East Devon and South Somerset editions, and reporter for Colyton.