CHARMOUTH Parish Council has two new members.
Higher Sea Lane resident Kay Solomon and locally-born Gerry Bearpark were co-opted onto the council at its March meeting.
Mrs Soloman, who has lived in Charmouth for nine years, served as a borough councillor in Watford for eight years before moving to Charmouth after several holidays in the village with her children. She was also chairman of the Trustees of the Watford Almshouses, some of the oldest properties in the country.
Mr Bearpark, who served in the British Army for 23 years, now works as a self-employed electrician as well as being a volunteer coastguard.
After offering their services, Mrs Solomon said she hoped that her experience as a councillor in Watford were hold her in good stead . She had no commercial interests in the village and she was looking forward to working with other councillors.
Mr Bearpark said he was born and bred in the village and hoped that his military experience would be an asset in helping to move the council forward.
Council chairman Peer Noel welcomed them both to the council, adding that he was “delighted” to have a local on board.
The council was told that Richard Acton had resigned as a councillor, prompting clerk Lisa Tuck to report that they still had two vacancies.
Wi-fi and webcam provision
*THE council decided to contribute £3,000 towards the cost of providing wi-fi to the west beach area including the beach huts together with a webcam which would provide a live feed.
A report to the foreshore committee stated that the Lyme Forward organisation was putting together a bid from the Coastal Community Fund and had requested a contribution from the parish council.
Members discussed whether they should ask Charmouth Traders’ Association to contribute towards the project, bearing in mind the council’s limited funds, as they had requested the installation and would be the main beneficiaries before residents.
Lookout power supply
*COUNCILLORS heard that the National Coastwatch Institute (NCI) had requested a power supply to the Lookout. It was estimated the cost would be £2,500 with the NCI agreeing to contribute half of the cost up to £2,000.
Foreshore Committee members agree to recommend to the Finance Committee that up to £3,000 be spent on the electricity supply proving the NCI contributed half of the cost.
*The Foreshore Committee received a report from the Explorer Scouts saying they wanted to conduct a project about plastics in the River Char and requested support from the parish council. Members had no objection to the proposal and agreed to send a map of council land to the Scouts.
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