A FEW weeks ago I pledged that LymeOnline would be doing its bit for the environment and the fight against climate change. And today we launch the first of our eco-friendly initiatives with the new, monthly ‘Green Page’ in our printed issue.
Here you will find all the latest news, advice and eco-events from local organisations that are working together to make our planet a better place, including Turn Lyme Green, Plastic Free Lyme Regis and the One Planet Working Group, which is working alongside the town council after its official declaration of the climate emergency.
But the page is not just for these groups. We’re keen to get the whole community involved, so if you have some eco-news or green events to share, please let us know.
You can also read more about our own environmental policy and how our newsprint is responsibly sourced on page 2 of the printed issue.
LymeOnline recognises climate change and environmental concerns as one of the most important current issues faced by our local community and across the globe. So I was disappointed to hear just one fleeting question on the subject of environment put to Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn during this week’s ITV Leaders Debate.
Instead, questions focussed almost completely on the ‘B-word’ and they were even asked about Prince Andrew and what they’d leave for each other under the Christmas tree!
Affordable housing should be top of the list
Another issue that was noticeably absent from the debate was housing – in particular the need for more affordable housing.
It’s a problem that’s top of the list for many in Lyme Regis who are unable to get a foot on the property ladder, including myself, and instead end up paying for expensive rented accommodation, staying at home with mum and dad or, most disappointingly, moving away.
But I noted housing was also not mentioned at this week’s public consultation on the town council’s future objectives. Housing isn’t a town council responsibility but should be acknowledged as one of the major issues facing the town – after all, we need a varied community of all ages for a sustainable future.
I hope councillors will offer their support and encouragement to future affordable housing proposals put forward by the Community Land Trust following their success with the new Garmans Field development.
Back to the ITV debate – I found the whole thing to be hurried and frustrating, and as someone who has yet decided how to vote, it left me none the wiser.
I’ve always advocated the importance of using your vote, especially for young people, so I’m adamant I’ll still be at the polls on December 12 – even if I have to decide there and then!
Next Tuesday (November 26) is your last chance to register to vote and you can do so online at gov.uk/register-to-vote – it only takes two minutes!
Hopefully the next issue of LymeOnline will help you make your decision, as we’ll be featuring election addresses from all the West Dorset parliamentary candidates.
And to something more festive…
Meanwhile, Christmas preparations continue a pace in Lyme Regis. A giant Christmas tree from Penn Farm arrived in the town last weekend and if you’ve popped into Broad Street this week you will have seen Virgil Turner and John King working hard to get our new illuminations ready for next Saturday.
Find out everything you need to know about the switch-on and other upcoming festive events with our special ‘Christmas in Lyme’ feature in this week’s printed issue of LymeOnline.