Lyme Regis Town Council car parks going green

LYME Regis Town Council Environment Committee chair, Cllr Belinda Bawden, and vice-chair Cllr Rob Smith, pictured with the new electric car charging points at Monmouth Beach

FOUR electric vehicle charging points have been installed in town council car parks.

Following our climate and environment emergency declaration in 2019, we’re encouraging use of electric vehicles by offer these charging stations.

The installation of the fast charging points – two at Monmouth Beach and two at Woodmead car park – is a key part of our plan for achieving Net Zero carbon emissions by 2030.

Cllr Belinda Bawden, chairman of the council’s Environment Committee, said: “It’s really exciting to have our new electric chargers in use in both our Monmouth Beach and Woodmead car park.

“We hope this will encourage more electric vehicle use and put Lyme Regis firmly on the list of towns in the South West adapting to a more sustainable and resilient future.”

The ‘fast’ chargers are 7kW and typically a vehicle would take between three and six hours to fully charge.

Their installation has come at almost zero cost to the council as we were successful in obtaining a grant of £10,870 from the Government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles.

Cllr Rob Smith, an electric car owner and vice-chairman of the Environment Committee, said: “The provision of car charging points will make it easier for resident to adopt electric vehicles, and support visitors to our town.

“I understand that some visitors had been put off by the previous lack of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

“With plug-in vehicle sales already outstripping sales of diesel vehicles, we can look forward to improved air quality in our streets as we take one of the steps necessary to reduce further harm from climate change.

“I am delighted to see these are already being used. I would like to thank Lyme Regis Town Council staff for their hard work, not only negotiating the grant funding system, but also liaising with the infrastructure providers.

“Shortly after the charging points were installed, a visitor looking to stay in Mill Green contacted me to ask if they could charge at my house when they were down.

“I was delighted to tell them that although they were very welcome to use my charger, there was a much more convenient one for them in Woodmead car park.”

Lyme Regis to plant more than 70 trees for Queen’s Jubilee

MORE than 70 new trees will be planted in Lyme Regis to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

In June 2022, the nation will honour The Queen for seven decades of service to the country and Commonwealth.

Communities are being encouraged to mark the historic occasion by ‘Planting a Tree for the Jubilee’, in a scheme called the Queen’s Green Canopy.

The UK-wide tree planting initiative focuses on sustainability and aims to create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the nation, which will benefit future generations.

In Lyme Regis, we have already started planning and preparing for an extensive planting scheme.

The public may have noticed trees being felled at the top of the seafront gardens, which will allow us to create a new arboretum.

The trees in that area – except one mature oak, which has been retained – were diseased, dying or leaning dangerously over properties and their felling had the full support of Dorset Council’s tree officer.

Every tree was climbed to check there would be no habitats disturbed and an ecological survey was carried out.

They will now be replaced by 15 specimen trees, including maple, birch and the aptly named Acer Campestre Queen Elizabeth, a type of field maple.

Timber from the felled trees will be made available to local residents free of charge, so keep an eye on our social media and website for details.

A cherry tree avenue will also be created near the woodland walk, where 26 trees will line the walkway, and a further 27 cherry trees will be planted on the lower perimeter of Anning Road playing field.

Several new trees will be planted in the cemetery, including crab apple and rowan, to create colour and attract wildlife.

We are also hoping to plant silver birch near the Polish Airforce Memorial in Anning Road and are talking to Magna Housing Association, which owns the land.

We hope all the trees planted will survive and flourish for years to come and provide a lasting tribute to Britain’s longest reigning Monarch.

Caroline AldridgeWelcome to the council, Caroline!

LAST week we welcome a new member to the council. Caroline Aldridge (pictured) was co-opted as a councillor at a special meeting of the council last Tuesday evening.

Five people put themselves forward to become a town councillor and were asked to give a presentation to the meeting to help members decide who to choose.

Caroline won a clear majority of the votes on the night and took office immediately.

In her application, Caroline spoke about her involvement in a range of local projects in health and social care, the environment and the arts, having volunteered with Lyme Regis Medical Centre’s Patient Participation Group, the Foodbank, the Marine Theatre and Turn Lyme Green.

Caroline said she hoped to address local issues which had been flagged up to her by residents, including traffic and parking, work, housing and the environment.

Caroline has lived in Lyme Regis for two-and-a-half years but prior to this she worked in health and education in the charity and not-for-profit sector.

Caroline said: “I am really thrilled to become the newest councillor in Lyme Regis and I am looking forward to making a contribution to keeping Lyme the thriving and attractive town it is and plan to look for ways of making it even better.

“In the short time I’ve lived here, I’ve been made so welcome and become involved in so many activities that I would love to repay this warmth and generosity by giving something back to the community.”

Fitness and exercise classes on the beach

FITNESS and exercise classes will now be able to take place on the beach, seafront and in the gardens.

We’re introducing a new concession from 2022 to allow early-morning fitness classes to run with a view of the sea.

The classes would need to finish before 9am when the town starts to get busy and we will be advertising the opportunity in December, to start from March 2022.

We’re open to proposals for all types of classes, providing they are respectful of the surroundings and aren’t disruptive to others on the seafront.

We’re also open to considering a range of locations, including the sand and pebble beaches, the Langmoor and Lister Gardens, and the seafront roof.

Look out for our advert inviting applications in December.

Seafront railings replacement to start this month

WORKS to replace the historic seafront railings have been delayed following a hold-up at the foundry.

The work was due to start in early November but the cast iron posts are now expected to be delivered in early December.

This means works are expected to take place in the weeks commencing December 6 and 13, shutting down for the Christmas and New Year period, recommencing on January 4 and continuing until the end of January.

It will involve the replacement of around 220 metres of railings and 98 posts.

Council services during Christmas period

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

The office will close at midday on Friday, December 24 and re-open at 10am on Tuesday, January 4.

During this time, town council services including litter-picking, parking enforcement, dog enforcement, toilet cleaning and emergency repairs will continue.

Our emergency procedure, which is available on our website and is only to be referred to in genuine crises, 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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