Addressing issues faced by the Lyme Regis fishing community

chris loderONE of my favourite aspects of Lyme Regis is it’s thriving fishing community.

Lyme’s harbour and Cobb is certainly one of the most iconic landscapes of the Jurassic Coast, if not, the British coastline in general, and the reason it remains special is largely due to it remaining a hub of fishing activity as it has been for hundreds of years.

It was therefore great to feature several representatives of Lyme Regis’s fishing community in a summit held on November 25 at West Bay in which we were visited by Fisheries Minister Victoria Prentis.

This was a great opportunity for those from the industry to voice their concerns about the short and long-term issues facing their industry.

I hope the summit presented as many answers as it raised questions, and if anyone would like to inform me of their thoughts and experiences to add to the ongoing dialogue I am having with DEFRA, please feel free to contact me.

Since I joined Dorset Police on patrol around Lyme Regis earlier this year, I have been enthusiastically banging the drum for greater policing resources for rural and coastal communities.

I have been contacted by some expressing their concerns over drug usage in their communities and have been having productive dialogue to improve and enhance the resources available to keep our communities safe and crack down on county lines drug gangs.

Therefore, I am very pleased that the government has now pledged an extra £300million to help crack down on this issue by supporting users in recovery and breaking the chains of drug gangs that have caused such destruction.

I will be pursuing this as your MP to make sure this translates into greater resources for West Dorset and more bobbies on the beat.

The Lyme Regis lights switch-on is always such a wonderful occasion to see the lights brightening up an otherwise dark few weeks, as well as giving us a joyful backdrop for the festive season.

I have been to Lyme almost weekly over the last few months to meet shopkeepers and publicans as well as meeting fishermen over at West Bay and the National Highways about the A35 – which I always enjoy.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas.

As always, please feel free to contact me. To receive my latest updates from Westminster and West Dorset, please sign up to my newsletter at

Chris Loder,
West Dorset MP

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