A NEW security camera has been installed on the seafront following several deliberate breakages of the new glass balustrading.
Four of the glass panels surrounding the flat roof area above Marine Parade have shattered since they were installed last July.
The first breakage was caused by a stone propelled from one of our mowers, but the latest three incidents have all been deliberate acts of vandalism.
A CCTV camera has now been installed directly overlooking the roof to help deter any further incidents.
With exceptional zoom capabilities and an infra-red mode for low-light, there shouldn’t be any problems identifying the culprits if more incidents occur.
The good news is that although the panels have been broken – at a cost of around £5,000 to replace – the glass has largely performed in the way we would expect, breaking into small, non-sharp fragments.
Fortunately, no one was hurt in any of the incidents.
There has been some concern locally about the potential danger to the public and whether the type of glass used was suitable for the location.
We employed an independent expert to advise us on the suitability of the glazing, who has confirmed the glass used is exactly right for the area and the potential uses of the roof.
The consultant, Richard Kells, described the barrier system as ‘spot on’ and confirmed high-rise buildings in London would use the same type of glass.
There were calls locally to replace the panels with laminated glass, but the consultant said this type of glass was now banned following the Grenfell fire.
Speaking to a council meeting last week, Mr Kells said: “You don’t want to waste more money putting laminated glass in, then possibly falling foul of building regulations which might change.
“Post-Grenfell, the only option is what the council currently has. You have a very good barrier system compared to other buildings I have inspected.
“It is spot-on from a compliance perspective.
“So far, in our experience, there hasn’t been a fatality from falling glass. Injuries from falling glass are quite a rare thing.”
With the glass now being given the seal of approval from an expert and a security camera installed to deter or catch vandals, we can now begin to think about how we can make best use of the roof area.
WONKA fever about to hit Lyme Regis!
WARNER Brothers will be filming scenes in the town for ‘Wonka’, a family-friendly story which reimagines the early life of one of Roald Dahl’s most beloved characters, Willy Wonka, before he has his chocolate factory.
The council has been in talks with Warner Brothers since early-summer about the production team using sections of our car park at Monmouth Beach.
All filming will take place in the harbour and Cobb area on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 October, the first shoot during the day and the second a night shoot, as well as rehearsals on Saturday 9 October.
The production team will begin preparing the Cobb from Monday 4 October, dressing it as the set and making it ready to film on.
On filming days, public access to the Cobb will be restricted, although full access will be maintained while the set is being dressed.
Production vehicles, filming equipment and a marquee will be located on sections of Monmouth Beach car park either side of the Boat Building Academy, which means there will be less public parking available during filming.
Although public access will be maintained at all times, there may be some temporary inconvenience while vehicles associated with the filming are moved into or out of the site and an on-site management team and temporary traffic control will manage this.
Council considering new ways to deter seagulls
WE’RE looking into new ways to deter seagulls following another season of persistent complaints.
The complaints have included seagulls stealing lunches and ice-creams, cutting faces as they grab for food, and fouling on people.
In 2017, the council launched its seagull action plan, which aimed to mitigate the nuisance caused by the birds through educating the public and promoting awareness.
The plan included delivering a leaflet to residents and visitors in Lyme Regis with advice on the law relating to wild birds and ways to deter seagulls from nesting on properties.
It also involved placing signs on the seafront to discourage people from feeding the gulls.
This was further supported by the introduction of a Public Space Protection Order by the former West Dorset District Council, which made it a civil offence to intentionally feed seagulls.
Our enforcement officers can issue fixed penalty notices and a £100 fine to anyone caught intentionally feeding seagulls, although they have found it very difficult to catch people in the act or to prove it was intentional.
But the benefits of this campaign have worn off and we now need to look for alternative measures to keep the public safe.
One of the measures we’re looking at is an audible bird scarer, where ultrasonics, distress and predator bird calls are used to disperse flocks of seagulls. It is hoped this technique can be used as part of a co-ordinated plan.
The details of that plan aren’t yet clear, but we want to start work now in the hope of seeing results before the nesting season in May and June.
Seafront railings to be replaced this autumn
WORKS will take place this autumn to replace the historic cast iron railings along the Marine Parade.
The railings, which date back to the late 19th or early 20th century, on the eastern end of Marine Parade are in a poor state of repair and over the years have been patched up with pipe or scaffold poles.
The council initially started on this project in 2017 but encountered some planning issues which meant the work couldn’t take place until now.
The work will take place from early-November after the school half term holidays and is expected to be finished by the second week of December. It will involve the replacement of around 220 metres of railings and 98 posts.
We will try and keep disruption to a minimum but there will need to be some management of vehicle and pedestrian movements on both the Cart Road and Marine Parade during the works.
Access and parking will be maintained at all times but it may be necessary for pedestrians to walk at times on the lower level to maintain a safe distance, or for short sections of Cart Road to be cordoned off temporarily to vehicles.
New online booking system for beach huts
WE will soon be taking beach hut bookings for 2022.
The office has been inundated with enquiries from people eager to book a hut for next year and we have now released further details about the booking process.
Our online booking system has been enhanced, so people will now be able to add several bookings to their basket and Lyme Regis residents will be able to claim their Gateway Card discount on the website.
We will still be giving priority to Lyme Regis residents to be able to book one of our annual, summer or winter packages, before they are released to the wider public the following day.
The residents’ priority day is on Tuesday 12 October and the main booking say is on Wednesday 13 October.
We would encourage everyone to use the online booking system, if possible, as it’s the quickest and easiest way to check availability, book and pay.
All the information you need about beach hut bookings for 2022 is available on our website at www.lymeregistowncouncil.gov.uk/book-a-beach-hut
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