ATTEMPTS to set up a Chamber of Commerce in Lyme Regis have proved unsuccessful.
The town council has made attempts to establish a Chamber of Commerce after Lyme Regis Business Group folded last year.
But Councillor Cheryl Reynolds, chairman of the Tourism, Community & Publicity Committee, said she had approached local traders about the scheme but week there been “no interest at all”.
Speaking at Wednesday night’s meeting, Councillor Jeff Scowen asked if there was anything else the council could do to encourage the business community to take part, adding that traders were “not really fans” of the council.
Councillor Reynolds said she thought there was a divide in the town between traders who worked on the high street and those who worked for themselves at home, who may not be able to afford the membership fees for a Chamber of Commerce.
Councillor Sean Larcombe suggested that the council pay all membership fees for the first year, to encourage traders to join.
Councillor John Broom argued that the council would be “once again giving into the traders of Lyme Regis” if it paid the membership fees.
“Most things we do support the traders. Why can’t they get off their… I won’t say the word, and do something for themselves?” he asked.
Councillor Scowen disagreed and said paying the membership fees was a “great idea”.
“We’re reaching out to them, there’s nothing wrong with that,” he added.
It was agreed to bring the issues of the Chamber of Commerce back to a future meeting for further consideration.