Clean rivers and beaches a high priority in 2030 vision for Lyme Regis

Lyme's 2030 VisionPUBLIC engagement events to discuss a 2030 vision for Lyme Regis showed clean rivers and beached to me the highest priority of residents and visitors.

Other ideas to improve the town’s carbon footprint in the future included wildlife-friendly green spaces; warm, affordable and well-insulated homes; and affordable, connected, green public transport.

Sustainable tourism and pre-school provision for Lyme Regis were also popular priorities.

Specific ideas suggested ranged from pedestrianising the Cart Road and Cobb Gate car park; indicators for all car parks in town showing available spaces; electric bike hiring hubs; a cycle path linking Lyme Regis, Uplyme and Axminster; better recycling facilities, including for clothing; cooking workshops for children; a community enterprise like the Community Waffle House in Axminster; a wind turbine for community renewable energy; traffic restrictions and zoning for parking; signage to discourage engine idling; and better education on the climate crisis for everyone.

The next stage of the 2030 Vision project will be talking to local schools and community groups, analysing the responses and assessing the potential to develop specific project proposals, alongside the launch of the new Climate Heatmap on the Commonplace community engagement platform.

You can join the conversation by visiting the Commonplace platform at where you can pin your ideas onto a map, read and respond to others’ ideas and catch up with the 2030 Vision project news.

Contact Cllr Belinda Bawden on or Lyme Regis Development Trust if you would like to join the 2030 Vision project team or to share your ideas for a cleaner, greener future.

You can also drop-in to share your ideas for the 2030 Vision in person or to discuss any Dorset Council matters with Lyme regis and Charmouth’s new county councillor Belinda Bawden.

She will be holding drop-in sessions at The Old School House Café at The Hub, in Church Street, Lyme Regis, on Thursdays from 10am to 12noon (not on July 14), and at Charmouth Library on Monday, July 4 and Monday, July 25 from 2pm to 4pm.

Alternatively, contact her on 01305 216511 or

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