An underground elevator system, a zip line in the sea, water gun battles on the beach, an underwater tunnel and bumper karts on the beach. These are just some of the crazy and wonderful ideas local school children have had to make Lyme Regis a better place to live.
We spoke to Year 6 students at St Michael’s Primary School as part of our extensive community consultation exercise to help guide our thinking about future plans.
We hope to speak to as many people in the local community about our ideas and we also want to hear suggestions from the public.
The consultation has been ongoing since early August and today (Friday) is the last day for comment. We have an online survey and hard copies are also available from council offices, so be quick if you want to have your say.
Our visit to St Michael’s Primary School was just one of the targeted consultation exercises we carried out – we also visited the Talking Café in Hallett Court, the Seaside Store, the Community Café and spoke to the Prefects of Woodroffe School.
We had a very informative morning with the children of St Michael’s, who certainly knew what they wanted and gave us no less than 75 ideas to think about. And while some radical and outlandish ideas were put forward, they had a pretty good idea of what was important and what they felt was really needed in the community.
They wanted to see cleaner public toilets, they felt more needed to be done to tackle anti-social behavior at the Anning Road play park and clean up graffiti on play equipment, they said more needed to be done there was a kindergarten in the town, and they wanted there to be more support in the community for older people.
Support and a shelter for the homeless were also important to them, they asked for a cancer research support center, they wanted to join the river, beach and north wall cleanup crews, and they wanted to be able to share their good luck. with others during “lucky week”.
One message that came through very clearly was that they wanted more things to do in Lyme Regis, with ideas such as an obstacle course at Anning Road Playground, outdoor gym equipment, a real basketball court, rugby court, splash zone, inflatable obstacle course park, cinema, tree climbing, equestrian center, swimming pool, bicycle pump track, multi-sports ground.
They were also very aware that times could be tough for some people right now and felt that the town would benefit from a recycling or repair shop, that there needed to be more affordable grocery outlets, a more affordable parking for locals, and they suggested a ‘bargain day’ when all the local businesses were half price.
It was a fun and interesting morning with the children – we listened and will carefully consider everything they said, as well as all the other suggestions and comments we received during the consultation.
Please participate in the consultation now at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YXMXDT8
Care home residents pay their respects to the Queen
RESIDENTS of Lyme Regis care homes had the opportunity to sign the book of condolences in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
We opened a book of condolences in the Guildhall the day after the Queen’s death and made it available for the public to sign until the day after the state funeral.
But we were aware that some residents living in care homes in Lyme Regis might wish to pay their respects by signing the book but would not be able to attend. So we visited them instead.
Mayor Cllr Michaela Ellis and Deputy Mayor Cllr Cheryl Reynolds visited Pinhay House, Fairfield House, Lyme Regis Nursing Home and Shire House and spoke to residents about their memories of the Queen.
They included a retired merchant navy telegrapher, now 86 and living in Shire House, who spoke of the two occasions he met the Queen while serving.
There will be a final opportunity for elderly residents to sign the book at the Talking Café in Hallett Court on Wednesday 5 October.
Everyone is welcome to have a coffee and sign the book between 9:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
It’s time to book your beach hut
It’s that time of year again when we release beach hut dates for the coming year.
The office has been inundated with requests from people wanting to book a beach hut for this winter and 2023 and we have now posted more details on the booking process.
We will always give priority to Lyme Regis residents to be able to book one of our annual packages, summer or winter, before they are released to the general public the following day. If you are a Lyme Regis resident, you will receive priority booking on Tuesday, October 11.
To benefit from the priority reservation day, you will need to have a gateway card and a DT7 postal code. To make your reservation for packages only, you must telephone 01297 445175 between 10am and 4.30pm.
The beach huts will be available for rental to the general public at 10 a.m. on Wednesday October 12. Anyone can book a package over the phone and all other daily and weekly rentals must be booked through our website.
We will not be able to take these reservations over the phone.
We encourage everyone to use the online booking system, if possible, as it is the quickest and easiest way to check availability, book and pay.
All the information you need about beach hut bookings for winter 2022 and 2023 can be found on our website at https://www.lymeregistowncouncil.gov.uk/book-a-beach-hut
The battle against the seagull thieves continues!
DURING the summer we tested flying drones as a deterrent to seagulls as they don’t like noise too much and see it as a threat.
Local drone pilot Max Redwood made 10 flights in August, at various times of the day, taking off from multiple locations and during some major events such as Regatta and Carnival Week and Candles on the Cobb.
The aim was to attract the birds towards the sea and away from the beach and seafront, but in no way to endanger them.
Max found that his drones attracted the attention of seagulls and tended to move inward as the plane flew, but the benefit was short-lived. As soon as the drone disappeared, they came back.
So maybe it’s something we can look at as a way to control seagulls for a one-time event, but it’s definitely not a long-term solution.
We are now considering whether to put up new signs on the seafront that warn people of seagulls stealing food. We already have signs telling people not to feed them, but seagull thieves seem to be a much bigger problem.
Other suggestions include flags on the waterfront as seagulls don’t like things that flap, reflect, sparkle or the color red, and water guns as seagulls don’t like to be blown up with jets of water. ‘water !
Seagulls seem to be getting smarter in the way they operate, so maybe it’s time we thought smarter too!
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