The local Coastal Community Team (CCT) is holding a public open meeting on Friday 28th July at 10.00am in the small Woodmead Hall, to discuss the ideas that emerged from the recent CCT workshop and how these might fit into a coordinated funding bid to the Government's Coastal Community Fund.
Anyone unable to attend the meeting is welcome to send in ideas to Adrian Ragbourne (firstname.lastname@example.org / 442237) or Tony Colston (email@example.com / 07770-275641).
What has happened so far? On 3rd July, as part of LymeForward's Annual General Meeting. fifty local residents attended a workshop Their task was to share suggestions for making the Lyme Regis, Charmouth and Uplyme area an even better place to live and to visit, with the emphasis on the quality of our environment and facilities.
Keeping and increasing local employment opportunities is important in our area, and also a key objective of the Coastal Community Fund. So workshop participants tried to identify examples of investment with the potential to sustain and create jobs all year round. Many possibilities emerged during the evening. Some were for quite substantial major enhancements; others were relatively small, able to be bundled together as part of a larger bid.
The workshop was well received, with some excellent feedback including email and phone correspondence from visitors (one as far afield as the Netherlands) who took the time to contribute. Its success owed a lot to the knowledge and creativity of those who took part, and to the excellent food prepared by Chris Onions, of The Old Dairy Kitchen in Trill Farm, with the team of assistants trained during the year through his LymeForward cookery classes for men.
What is happening now: The CCT members are now doing a first sifting and organising of ideas, ready for the open meeting on 28th July to develop them for the next stage of work, preparing the outline of an overall funding bid and the various elements within it. This will be publicised, with an invitation to submit comments and suggestions. The CCT will then refine the concept, taking into account any further submissions, and will hold an open public meeting in the autumn to present and debate its proposed final bid.