MORE attention will be given to matters raised by the residents of Lyme Regis at the town council’s public forum sessions. This was a commitment made by newly-elected mayor, Councillor Brian Larcombe MBE, chairing his first full council meeting.
At the start of the meeting, Councillor Larcombe also announced that all proceedings in the Guildhall would now be audio recorded and kept for one year.
During the public forum Ken Gollop, a former councillor, asked for an update on the traffic survey the council had commissioned and also enquired on the situation concerning disturbance compensation being made to the council by the company which made the Mary Anning film, ‘Ammonite’, staring Kate Winslet.
At a previous meeting Mr Gollop said the money should not go into council funds but should be used to benefit young people and be given to an organisation like the Rotary Club to distribute.
Town clerk John Wright said the council had set a deadline for the traffic report and they were still waiting for it to be completed.
Concerning the film money, Mr Wright said the council had produced a draft press release which had been sent to the film company to approve but had not had a response yet.
Nigel Ball, a regular attender at council meetings, said how nice it was to see the new council starting on such a positive note.
“This is fantastic and I really look forward to coming to these meetings so we can all work together,” he said.
“I feel that we now we have a council that is starting to understand already how people feel.”
Mr Ball, an experienced horticulturalist, also offered the council free advice and help with regards to planting in the seafront gardens and around the town.
At the end of the public forum, Councillor Larcombe gave an assurance that, in future, any matters raised by the public at council meetings would get a response from staff within ten days.
This follows a number of complaints over the years from members of the public who had raised matters in the public forum but had received no answer to their questions.