Seafront works now complete

LARGE-SCALE works on the roof area in the seafront gardens are now complete, transforming it into a much more usable and attractive space.

The roof above the amusement arcade, antiques centre and SWIM restaurant was in a poor state of repair and had been patched up many times over the years. The previous surface had lasted over 50 years but the roof was beginning to leak into the commercial premises below.

The project started early this year and was threatened with derailment when Covid hit, but as it was deemed to be essential works, the project was able to continue throughout lockdown.

There is now a completely new synthetic surface, which is hard-wearing and will keep the roof watertight for several decades.

The old steel railings were replaced with a modern stainless steel and glass balustrade, providing an unspoilt view from the gardens to the sea.

Disabled access through the gardens has also been improved as the steps and ramp between the two levels of the roof were replaced with a new ramp, which is compliant with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act.

We now have an all-weather, multi-purpose space within the gardens, which has the potential to be used for a variety of events and performances.

Council worker joins Lyme’s lifeboat crew

CONGRATULATIONS to our maintenance operative Kyle Knight, who is the newest sea-going member of the Lyme Regis lifeboat crew.

Kyle, 25, who joined the town council as an apprentice in 2012, went to sea on his first ‘shout’ when two kayakers were reported in trouble off Axmouth.

He has been training with the crew for just over a year and said he was pleased to get his first shout under his belt.

He said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my first shout. I have always loved the sea and joining the Lyme Regis RNLI seemed the natural thing to do.”

As a council, we’re fully supportive of our staff and councillors helping and volunteering in the community and Kyle is now the second member of staff on the lifeboat team – our operations manager Matt Adamson-Drage is also a deputy launching authority.

And one of our members, Cllr Graham Turner, has marked 50 years of saving lives at sea with both the RNLI and HM Coastguard.

We’ve gotten used to the sound of the pagers going off and the volunteers rushing off to answer the call – all in a day’s work!

Encouraging residents to ‘reach out’ for help

WE’RE helping to spread the word about a new campaign encouraging Dorset residents who have been financially affected by Covid to seek support.

The Reaching Out campaign, run jointly by Dorset Council and Dorset Citizens’ Advice, directs people to a wide range of support and advice. The aim is for residents to get the support they need before things become more difficult.

Help is available on work and skills, such as careers advice, on money and home, such as managing debt, and health and relationships, such as mental health support.

The town council is a firm supporter of Citizens’ Advice and has for many years financially supported an outreach service at St Michael’s Business Centre in Lyme Regis, run by the Bridport and District Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB).

This year we firmed up our commitment to the service by approving a five-year grant, worth £4,500 each year. Unfortunately, the outreach service hasn’t been able to operate during the pandemic but people in Lyme Regis have still been accessing the services via telephone and webchat.

The CAB is hoping to re-open the outreach service soon but has asked if the council could provide some office space.

Beach huts will soon be available to book

WE will soon be taking bookings for beach huts in 2021.

Lyme Regis residents will once again have priority booking for the Cart Road huts, as well as a discount for Gateway Card holders.

The priority booking day is Tuesday, October 6 and residents must pre-register by providing proof of a Lyme Regis address. Residents will then need to call the council office on booking day between 10am and 4.30pm to reserve a hut.

The huts will be released for hire to the wider public at 10am on Tuesday, October 13 and bookings can then be made via our online booking system.

We’re still offering our annual, summer and winter packages as we know how popular they are, but these can only be booked over the telephone.

More information about the booking days, as well as prices and the packages available, can be found on our website at www.lymeregistowncouncil.gov.uk/book-a-beach-hut

Revamp at Georges Square

GEORGES Square – home to the town’s war memorial – is receiving a much-needed renovation ahead of Remembrance events in November.

We’re re-laying the tarmac path which leads to the memorial and installing new kerb edging, re-turfing where necessary, planting winter bedding, and generally tidying up any weeds or overgrown areas. The garden should look the best it’s looked in years.

As always, we will also ensure the HMS Formidable grave at the cemetery and the Polish Airforce memorial in Anning Road are presentable and clean.

Remembrance events will of course be scaled back this year, with the parade and church service looking unlikely, so it’s important the memorials are looking their very best when the focus of the town is turned on them.

Council preparing to expand offices

PREPARATIONS are being made for the council offices to move into the ground floor of Guildhall Cottage.

Our maintenance team have been busy transforming the space ready for staff to move in within the next few weeks.

Our reception team will be based on the ground floor, allowing us to re-open our offices to the public and also providing disabled access.

Most staff are currently working between the office and at home as there isn’t enough room to accommodate everyone while maintaining social distancing.

The extra space provided by the ground floor means all staff will be able to return to the office full-time.

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