Defibrillator installed at school thanks to town council funding

The Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Michaela Ellis, and pupils of St Michael’s Primary School with the new defibrillator

A NEW defibrillator is now in place on the eastern side of Lyme Regis, thanks to funding from the town council.

St Michael’s Primary School has installed the potentially life-saving equipment within the school, which can be accessed by anyone in the community during the school day.

The school’s Parents and Friends Association applied to the council for a grant to fund the defibrillator, also known as an automated external defibrillator (AED), and was awarded £1,000.

The equipment was recently installed at the school, and our mayor, Cllr Michaela Ellis, went to see how it worked.

As the school is at the heart of the local community and an evacuation and care centre for emergencies in Lyme Regis, the council agreed it was the ideal location for a defibrillator.

Nick Kiddle, headteacher of St Michael’s, said: “We were really pleased to be awarded a grant to purchase the AED sited at the school by the town council.

“As a key location on the eastern side of the town we wanted to be able to provide a service which could be accessed easily by the community during the school day.

“We chose a multi-age device which can switch simply between an adult and a child to ensure that the widest group of people could access it.

“Following first aid training in school, our first aiders saw how vital AEDs are and they were keen to install one at the school.

“With the support of the town council we were able to do this – thank you.”

With the addition of this defibrillator, these vital pieces of equipment are now accessible to the public at multiple locations around the town, including the Jubilee Pavilion, the RNLI lifeboat station, and the Woodmead Halls.

Knowing the locations of the local public access defibrillators could save valuable seconds if someone suffers a cardiac arrest.

Government review to boost National Park plans

HOPES of securing a Dorset National Park have been boosted as a government-appointed review is announced.

The council was first approached about the opportunity to create a new national park in July 2016 when the team leading the project gave a presentation to members.

At the time, we supported the further evaluation of the potential benefits of a national park, which the project team believed would benefit Dorset’s economy and enhance and safeguard the county’s natural assets.

The Dorset National Park Team will be updating the council at the Tourism, Community and Publicity Committee meeting on Wednesday, January 23, which the public is welcome to attend.

The team believes the government-appointed Glover Review of Designated Landscapes is a ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ to secure a National Park for Dorset and is encouraging the public to take part in the online survey.

The review is considering the case for new national parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including the proposed Dorset National Park.

The survey closes on December 18 and a link to the questionnaire can be found at, where you can also find more information and news updates about the proposal.

More than £35k available for local organisations

MORE than £35,000 is still available for not-for-profit organisations in or near Lyme Regis.

Funding totalling £123,000 has already been allocated to community groups and projects, with recipients including Lyme Regis Football Club, the 1st Lym Valley Scout Group and the Marine Theatre. This is thanks to Section 106 agreements, which are community contributions relating to planning permissions for developments in Lyme Regis.

West Dorset District Council still has £35,332.44 to distribute within the community for play areas, allotments and community venues.

The district council is working with the town council to decide how this money should be allocated and applications are now invited.

Funding is available for equipment and buildings, but not events, seminars or workshops, and projects and organisations should be based in or near Lyme Regis.

There is £29,380.28 available for play parks, £2,329.92 for allotments, and £3,621.59 for community venues.

Application forms are available from the town council offices or by emailing

Park and ride used by more than 26,000

MORE than 26,000 passengers used the park and ride service in Lyme Regis this year.

The service, operated jointly by the town council and First Bus from the Charmouth Road site, was very well used, helping to keep traffic out of the town.

The busiest day was Tuesday, August 14, when temperatures hit 24 degrees, and 1,232 passengers used the service.

High temperatures also encouraged visitors to come to the town on Tuesday, August 21, making it the second busiest day for the park and ride, with 1,150 passengers.

And although temperatures had dropped by the August Bank Holiday weekend, 1,092 passengers rode the bus on Saturday, August 25, making it the third busiest day.

Assuming the weather allows, Charmouth Road park and ride will re-open at Easter.

Council takes part in tree festival

THE town council will be one of many organisations taking part in this year’s Christmas Tree Festival.

The Pine Hall of Lyme Regis Baptist Church will be beautifully adorned with trees decorated by local good causes between Friday 21 and Sunday 23 December.

More than 500 people visited the festival last year, helping to promote and raise money for the local groups involved.

We love getting involved in this event, especially when all the organisations come together the evening before to decorate their trees while the Christmas music is playing in the background.

Please come and support the festival – entry is free, and more importantly, it’s a great community event. The festival is open between 11am and 5pm on the Friday and Saturday, and from midday to 8.30pm on the Sunday.

New look for beach huts

THE iconic seafront beach huts will be getting a new look. The flat-roofed huts on the Cart Road will be replaced with huts with pitched roofs but we’ll be sticking with the pastel colour scheme.

Councillors did consider replacing them with a composite, maintenance-free material, but decided to retain the traditional wooden huts.

The replacement of the council-owned huts will be phased over three years, and it is hoped the private owners will also move to pitched roofs over time.

Providing they’re in good enough condition, the first 12 huts will be sold to the public before Easter.

We’ll advertise their availability closer to the time, so watch this space.

Watersports concession now open for tender

ANYONE interested in running non-motorised watersports from the beach can apply to the council for the opportunity.

We’re offering this concession on a one or three-year basis, operating from mid-March to the end of October each year.

Applicants will need to submit a tender, to include a simple business proposal, by the deadline on Wednesday, January 9.

More information and application forms are available on our website, from the council office, or by emailing

Christmas opening hours

THE council offices will be closed over the festive period but all essential services will be maintained.

The office will close at midday on Monday, December 24 and re-open at 9am on Wednesday, January 2. During this time, town council services including litter-picking, parking enforcement, dog enforcement and toilet cleaning will continue.

Our emergency procedure, which is available on our website and is only to be referred to in genuine emergencies, is a useful source of information and provides details of who does what in the county, along with their contact details.

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