THE town council has further endorsed plans for Lyme Regis to become a ‘plastic free’ town with a grant of £1,500 to get the campaign underway.
Councillor Richard Doney, who will be a member of the Turn Lyme Green’s ‘plastic free’ steering group, has been instrumental in gaining his fellow councillors’ support for the campaign to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the town.
Councillors agreed to offer Turn Lyme Green £1,500 as last week’s annual minor and medium grants meeting, when they handed out more than £37,000 to local organisations.
Councillor Doney said: “I am delighted that the vouncil has agreed to support the ‘plastic free’ campaign initiated by Turn Lyme Green. I strongly believe that achieving accredited plastic free status will be immensely beneficial for the town and further enhance our reputation as one of the country’s leading resorts.”
Turn Lyme Green is pleased that continued efforts to bring attention to the problems of plastic pollution are now being supported throughout the town – by businesses and by residents discussing issues on Facebook, in their homes and at work.
Following the objectives set by the Surfers Against Sewage scheme to develop ‘plastic free’ communities across the country, a steering group is being set up to encourage more businesses to join the campaign, and to work with schools and local organisations to promote ‘plastic free’ living.
The steering group will also organise and support local events throughout the summer to raise awareness and highlight the damage that plastic can cause to our environment, beaches and sea.
Grenville Barr, chairman of the new steering group, commented: “ We are so pleased to have the wholehearted support of the town council which is recognising the groundswell of opinion and goodwill throughout the community.
“Already many businesses have made changes or even set up businesses without using plastics and more are following. Local beach cleans continue but with renewed energy and involvement. More and more exchanges of great ideas are taking place on social media. “
An important role for Plastic Free Lyme Regis will be to share information and publicise how everyone can help and get involved in their everyday lives.
Mr Barr added: “We will step up our messages to businesses and residents, leading local organisations and groups. We will especially target summer visitors to the area and along the seafront, encouraging them to support the efforts being taken to reduce single use plastics.
“We will use Facebook, our newsletter, website and local press to give everyone advice on how they can help in their own homes and at work. Watch this space!”
Anyone interested in helping Lyme Regis become ‘plastic free’ should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for the newsletter, or visit the Turn Lyme Green website www.turnlymegreen.co.uk or Facebook page.
Turn Lyme Green is also looking for families to take on the challenge of going plastic free – read the Turn Lyme Green blog for further details.