Lobbying for hospitality and tourism businesses

chris loderI HAVE been lobbying government and championing the cause of hospitality, leisure and tourism businesses in Lyme Regis and surrounding areas for many weeks now.

With these sectors so critical to local economies and jobs, the Prime Minister’s statement on Tuesday, June 23 was most welcome; although I appreciate that some of our landmark and historic premises in Lyme Regis may need a little more time to adapt to the requirements before re-opening.

I am supporting this positive news with a new campaign ‘Destination West Dorset’, to promote all that we have to offer in this beautiful part of the world.

Hotels, B&Bs, holiday apartments, caravan parks, campsites, pubs, restaurants and cafes can now reopen for business from July 4, if they can do so safely – just in time for a much-needed summer season in Lyme Regis and all along the Jurassic Coast.

With feature film ‘Ammonite’ soon to be released; following the life of Mary Anning, Lyme Regis’ famous fossil collector, there will be a renewed spotlight on the area and every opportunity to take advantage of.

It is reassuring that in the most recent update on the ‘R’ number, the South West is shown to have the lowest rate in the country at 0.6-0.9 and I am grateful that last week we had just two coronavirus cases in our local hospitals.

However, as restrictions ease on social distancing, we must not become complacent, rather taking individual responsibility; using common sense, staying alert and adhering to all the sensible precautions that government advises.

During this crisis, I have been moved by the remarkable voluntary efforts of local people, no more so than in Lyme Regis, all in the spirit of community support and fellowship.

I end with extending my deepest sympathies to those bereaved following the recent shocking terrorist attack in Reading.

I was humbled to pay tribute to one of my own parliamentary team during a speech in the House of Commons. He was in Forbury Gardens when the incident took place and selflessly ran to the aid of victims, giving first aid without concern for his own safety, and I am very proud of him.

Chris Loder
West Dorset MP

Woodmead Halls

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