Community transport improving quality of life

DID you know there is a community transport service available in Lyme Regis providing services to help improve quality of life?

TRIP Community Transport is an independent charity based in Honiton, providing information, advice and help with transport and mobility issues. Services include TRIP Rides, a door-to-door service for those who are rurally isolated, older people and those with limited mobility to go on shopping trips and days out.

TRIP Cars is a voluntary car service taking people to medical appointments, including in Lyme Regis, Honiton and Seaton.

TRIP Wheels is wheelchair-friendly transport taking less mobile people who can’t use cars to medical and social appointments.

Equipment and simple aids to help make daily activities easier to cope with are provided through the TRIP Equip service, while TRIP Mobile offers mobility equipment sales, servicing and repairs.

TRIP Friends is a befriending service providing companionship and support for isolated and lonely people, working in partnership with family, friends, healthcare professionals and social care workers.

And if TRIP cannot resolve something, the TRIP Info service can provide advice on where that help and information can be found.

The charity is also on the look out for new volunteers, with roles including drivers for car services, minibus drivers, and people to help in the office and shop.

Expenses are reimbursed for car drivers. For more information or to join the team, contact TRIP on 01404 46529, visit the website www.tripcta.org, or call into the office at 29-31 New Street, Honiton.

Council to ban glyphosate weed killers

THE council is on the brink of banning the controversial practice of weed spraying with potentially harmful chemicals.

Councillors agreed – subject to final confirmation from the Full Council – to an immediate ban on glyphosate-based products. This council will join only a handful of others in the UK to stop using the product, amid fears of the health risks associated with it.

The Town Management and Highways Committee heard impassioned speeches from members of the public who wanted the council to ban glyphosate-based products.

Councillors had a lively debate and eventually agreed to the ban, but this will need final approval from the Full Council on July 24 before it comes into effect.

One thing to note – the ban only applies to the town council’s activities. Dorset Council will continue to use the product in the town.

In our efforts to become more environmentally-friendly and sustainable in our activities, we are also conducting a wildflower experiment on the banking near the football club on Charmouth Road.

It has been well-received so far and will help us consider whether we can introduce more wildflower areas on land we own.

Gardeners seek inspiration at Somerset’s Tyntesfield house

OUR gardeners were inspired this week after a trip to formal gardens in Somerset. The team visited Tyntesfield, a Victorian Gothic Revival house with gardens and parkland near Bristol.

The gardens at the National Trust estate feature woodland, flowered terraces, topiary-lined walks, an arboretum, a rose garden and an orangery.

Our gardeners met with Tyntesfield’s head gardener to talk about sustainable gardening and planting, see how a team works in large, formal gardens, and get some inspiration for the Langmoor and Lister Gardens.

The entire gardening team will be concentrating on the seafront gardens over the next few weeks to bring them up to scratch. The gardens are in need of a good tidy up, so all our gardening manpower and some of our maintenance staff will be focused on that area.

This will involve a significant amount of work, as well as the woodland walk remaining closed off while the lighting project is progressed, so please bear with us during this time.

Some other areas of the town will receive less attention during this period, but essential jobs like watering pots and hanging baskets and beach raking will continue.

Could housing be built at Woodmead car park?

COUNCILLORS are being asked to consider the prospect of affordable rented housing on a town council car park.

The Lyme Regis Community Land Trust (CLT) has asked the council for permission to carry out a feasibility study for Woodmead car park in Hill Road.

The CLT is proposing 10 to 15 one-bedroom maisonettes along the edge of the car park for local people who work in the town or have another need to live in Lyme Regis.

As car parking spaces are at a premium in the town, the CLT is also hoping to acquire the grassed area behind the emergency services centre, which could be offered to the council as a land swap to minimise the loss of parking spaces.

The request to carry out the feasibility study will come to the council’s Strategy and Finance Committee on July 10.

The council is not being asked to commit to anything further at this stage and if the study is agreed, it will not prejudice any further decisions on the proposed scheme.

The CLT says 38 qualified applicants missed out on a home at Garmans Field, where 15 units were provided, so it feels there’s a real need for this development.

Flowers to remember first moon landing

THE main flower bed in the Langmoor Gardens is this year celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Each year the bed is planted to commemorate or celebrate a special event – last year it was a poppy for the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

If you can get high enough, you will see flowers planted in the shape of a rocket, the moon and the earth, with ‘Apollo 11 – 1969’ written underneath.

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