Council staff working hard in seafront gardens

YOU may have noticed a significant improvement in the seafront gardens in the last couple of months.

Our gardening team has been working hard to bring the Langmoor and Lister Gardens up to scratch following concern from councillors that standards had slipped.

The entire team was deployed in the gardens for several weeks and great progress has been made, including weeding the flower beds, cutting back unruly plants and filling in cracks in the paths.

This project has been no mean feat – there are 25 flower beds in the gardens, which all require replenishment, soil conditioning, weeding and removal of dead plants.

They are now on a rolling programme of restoration, with the first bed in the east of the gardens recently completed, as shown in the picture.

In addition, we have now banned the use of potentially harmful chemicals and all weeding is carried out by hand. And following our successful and well-received wildflower experiment on the bank outside the football club on Charmouth Road, we’re planning on creating a wildflower bed in the gardens.

The seeds of eight species of wildflower will be sown in the round flower bed below the Alexandra Hotel, and will hopefully flower in July to September next year.

Mayor overwhelmed with support for chosen charity

THE mayor has been overwhelmed with the support already given to his chosen charity.

We announced last month that Cllr Brian Larcombe MBE had chosen Children’s Hospice South West as his mayor’s charity for this civic year.

Almost 20 local businesses have already put out collection boxes to encourage the public to give their small change to support the cause.

Cllr Larcombe said: “Many thanks to those who have been willing to take the collection boxes for my chosen charity, Children’s Hospice South West.

“It was heartening to have the 20 Lyme businesses who were happy to so readily take them for such a worthy cause. Hopefully they will be prominently displayed and will attract the small change people may be willing to give to this local south west charity.

“It all helps, no matter how small the sum. Every penny is spent on the direct support given to the children and their families at a such a tragic and important time.

“Thank you again to the local businesses and the public for any support you are able to give.”

Lyme to join national celebrations for VE Day

LYME Regis will be marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day with a weekend of commemorations in May 2020.

Events will take place across the country on the weekend of May 8 to 10 to commemorate the Second World War Victory in Europe Day, and also to celebrate as people did 75 years ago.

The early May Bank Holiday has already been moved to Friday, May 8 2020, in recognition that at 3pm on May 8 1945, Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced the war in Europe was over.

We have put together a working group of councillors and representatives from local organisations, including the Royal British Legion and the Marine Theatre, to coordinate the commemorations in Lyme Regis.

Although yet to be confirmed, the weekend is expected to include the lighting of the town beacon on the North Wall, a cry for peace around the world by town crier Alan Vian, and the church bells ringing out for peace.

Events are expected to include an over 75s tea party and a big band performing at the Marine Theatre.

The commemorations and celebrations will culminate with a Sunday morning service at St Michael’s Parish Church, followed by wreath laying at the town’s war memorial.

New system for beach hut bookings

WE’RE introducing a new system which will make booking a beach hut quicker and easier than ever before.

If you’ve tried booking a hut in the past, you probably spent hours trying to get through on the phone or may have even camped outside the council office! Our new online booking system, which is due to launch in mid-October, will simplify the whole process and save waiting times.

We’re moving from weekly bookings to daily bookings for most of the year to offer more flexibility to hirers but popular weeks, such as Lifeboat Week, will still be weekly hire only.

We’ll continue to have annual, summer and winter packages, as we know how popular they are, as well as a residents’ priority booking day and a 10 per cent discount for Gateway Card holders.

Bookings can still be taken over the telephone and at the council office, but we’re encouraging people to use the online booking system where possible.

More details about the launch of the new system will be announced on our website and social media in the next couple of weeks.

Park and ride used by 30,410 during season

THE park and ride undoubtedly did its job in helping to ease traffic congestion in the town this year, carrying over 30,000 passengers.

The service proved to be a huge success, with 30,410 visitors taking advantage of the stress-free parking and reasonable ticket prices.

Having agreed we will no longer run a park and ride from the west of the town in Sidmouth Road, we are intending on continuing the Charmouth Road service in 2020.

We’re now working on getting improved signage from the A35 to encourage visitors to bypass the town and go directly to the park and ride.

Crossing delayed

WORK to install the puffin crossing in Broad Street, which was due to start at the end of this month, has now been postponed until March 2020.

Dorset Council has informed us this is due to the scaffolding which has been erected in Broad Street, which is likely to be in place for 16 to 24 weeks.

As the road is due for re-surfacing in mid-October, Dorset Council is hoping to carry out the trenching for the underground ducting in the second week of October.

Work gets underway to transform play area

WORK has started on improving the play park at Henry’s Way.

New fencing has been installed at the play area, which will safeguard children against a steep drop and give nearby residents more privacy.

Replacement of the play equipment and ground surface will start on October 7, weather permitting, and the park will be re-opened in time for the half term week.

What do you think of a Community Lottery?

DORSET Council is considering running a lottery for local good causes and is seeking views from those who could potentially benefit.

Residents, community groups and local charities are being asked to complete a short online survey on the proposed community lottery, which closes at 4pm on Sunday, October 13.

The survey is available online at

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