More than £100k available for recreation projects in Lyme

OVER £100,000 is available for recreation projects in or near Lyme Regis, and the town council is helping to spread the word.

We’re working with West Dorset District Council to distribute funds to not-for-profit organisations for capital projects. A total of £102,300.13 is available for projects covering the arts, sport, museums and play equipment.

The funding falls into seven categories: public open space; parks, gardens and outdoor sport; play areas; allotments; amenity space; natural greenspace; and community venues. The funding has been obtained through Section 106 agreements, related to planning permissions from 13 developments in Lyme Regis.

The town council has identified a project it believes will be eligible for funding and will be making an application in its own right to West Dorset District Council. This would leave around £75,000 available to local organisations.

We have contacted many local organisations who we believe may be eligible for Section 106 funding but we don’t want to miss anyone out, so please spread the word. Together with the district council, we’re holding an open meeting on Wednesday, July 4 at 7pm in the Guildhall, Lyme Regis, when organisations will be able to find out more information about the funding, check eligibility, and discuss potential bids.

When considering possible projects, please be aware funding is available for equipment and buildings, but not for revenue funding, events, seminars, workshops, and repairs and maintenance works. However, equipment which could be shared by various events and used over a continued period, such as a stage or PA system, may be eligible.

Projects and organisations must be based in or near Lyme Regis, and applications will be considered from neighbouring communities which serve Lyme Regis.

Application forms are available from Adrianne Mullins, administrative officer, admin@lymeregistowncouncil.gov.uk.

Council keen to encourage work experience students

THE council has been joined by Woodroffe School pupil Tom Murray this week for his work experience placement. The year 10 pupil (pictured above) spent the week with the external works’ team, shadowing the gardening, maintenance, enforcement, lengthsmen and cleansing teams and learning about what they do. Tom, who lives in Lyme Regis, has been getting involved where he can and getting a taste of the world of work. Tom said: “I wanted to try new experiences outside. I’m still working out what I want to do for a career and I’d probably like to work outside, but I’m not 100 per cent sure yet so I wanted to test it.” The 15-year old has particularly enjoyed working with the gardening team and found the enforcement officers’ work interesting. “It was quite different, because you saw the other side of things, with them giving out the tickets,” he said. The council is keen to support work experience and would encourage any young people interested in the work of the council to get in touch. We recognise the benefits of work experience, equipping young people with skills and experience, getting them workplace-ready, and helping them to choose the right career path. Tom was very pro-active in approaching the council himself and making arrangements for his week with us, and he’s shown himself to be very willing and enthusiastic. We wish him well in his future career.

Funding bid to make most out of space in seafront gardens

THE flat-roofed area above the amusement arcade, antiques centre and SWIM restaurant is in need of repair. We’ll be carrying out some urgent patch repairs but we think this is a great opportunity to make better use of the space. The council hasn’t firmed up any plans yet, although designs are being drawn up for members to consider. The plan is to make this area an extension of the seafront gardens, making it more usable and fit-for-purpose, possibly including a new surface, seating, new railings, and electricity and water points. The council has long aspired to create a concert bowl in the gardens, and it is hoped this project will provide a unique space for outdoor theatre, pop-up cinemas and open-air concerts. To support the project, we’re applying for funding from the Dorset LEADER programme, with up to £140,000 available for individual projects. This funding is available as part of the Rural Development Programme, aiming to support the rural economy, including tourism. We’ve made an initial expression of interest and hope we’ll be successful in drawing in funding for the benefit of the community.

Congratulations to Plastic Free Lyme Regis

CONGRATULATIONS to Turn Lyme Green and its Plastic Free Lyme Regis steering group for achieving the Plastic Free Communities Award for the town. The town council has supported their efforts from the outset, awarding a £1,500 grant to help promote the work and appointing a member, Cllr Richard Doney, to the steering group. One of the key requirements in achieving this status from Surfers Against Sewage was to demonstrate the support of the local council, so our backing was essential. The steering group has worked tirelessly since the start of 2018 when they first set out to achieve the prestigious award and the council will continue to give its support to this important initiative.

Finishing touches being made to toilets

THE finishing touches are being made to the newly-refurbished Marine Parade toilets. The £80,000 refurbishment is now in its final week after 10 weeks of construction work. We aimed to get the toilets re-opened by the peak season, so we’re pleased they’ll be finished well ahead of the school summer holidays. The council would like to thank residents, visitors and local businesses for their patience and understanding during the works and once you’ve seen the finished product, we hope you’ll agree it was worth the disruption. Now our attention will turn to keeping the toilets in pristine condition, providing facilities the town can be proud of.

Two-way radios to help with event organisation

GOOD communication is key to the running of any event. That’s why the council has bought 16 two-way radios to support events in Lyme Regis, helping with road closures and event safety and stewarding. Most of the local events are run by charities or not-for-profit organisations, who work hard to raise funds to host their events, and many of them work together to share resources, knowledge and equipment. The radios will help volunteers keep in touch with each other and keep the public safe, contributing to the smooth running of any event, but the £2,000 needed to purchase the radios would be out-of-reach for most, if not all, event organisers. The council was in full support of buying the radios for the benefit of all local events and they’ll be loaned out free-of-charge.

Final bid made for transfer of assets

THE council has made its final bid to West Dorset District Council to take on various assets and services in Lyme Regis. The formation of a unitary Dorset Council is imminent, so this is our final chance to come to an agreement with the outgoing district council. The deal includes public toilets, the tourist information centre, a town-centre car park and a land swap at Monmouth Beach, as well as managing several leases and areas of land. We’re expecting a final decision to be made by West Dorset District Council in mid-July, ready for implementation in March 2019.

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