THE town council will hold discussions with eco-group Turn Lyme Green about the possibility of making Lyme Regis plastic free.
Chairman of Turn Lyme Green, Jo Oliver Smith, asked the council’s for support in making Lyme Regis a plastic free town at Wednesday night’s meeting.
The campaign to create plastic free towns was started by Surfers Against Sewage and Penzance and Tyneside have already become plastic free.
Ms Oliver Smith asked the town council if it would help Lyme Regis join the 180 other coastal towns around the country working towards the plastic free title. She said the first stage of this was receiving the council’s endorsement of the project and a steering group would then be formed.
“We realise it will take a lot of work, but we’ve already seen a surge in local interest in this, which we hope will encourage the town council to support us,” she added.
“Efforts to tackle plastic pollution will be worthwhile, with a positive effect on tourism and residents.”
Councillor Richard Doney previously mooted the idea of Lyme Regis becoming a plastic free town at a recent Tourism, Community & Publicity Committee meeting, suggesting the council should use the so-called ‘David Attenborough effect’ to its advantage by reducing plastic waste and appealing to eco-friendly tourists.
There has been a surge in public interest in reducing plastic waste following Sir David Attenborough’s popular ‘Blue Planet II’ television series was aired on the BBC.
Speaking at Wednesday’s meeting, Councillor Doney said: “I see this as an opportunity for the town to build even more on its reputation.”
He added that there was “great public momentum” behind the campaign to create plastic free towns and he was planning to bring a report to the next Tourism, Community & Publicity meeting on how the council could contribute.
Chairman of the tourism committee, Councillor Cheryl Reynolds, said: “My support for this is wholehearted. I’m happy to work with Turn Lyme Green and I think Richard is the perfect person so carry it through. He will get all my support and the support of my committee.”
Councillor Steve Miller said the plastic free campaign was an “important initiative” and Councillor Brian Larcombe said he hoped it would also take landfill into account, not just the oceans.