It's clearly the week for long-awaited news: Bridget Betts of Dorset Coastal Forun has today received notification from Groundwork UK on behalf of MHCLG to let her know that our Dorset Portfolio project ‘Gateways to Businesses Growth in Dorset’ stage 1 application has been successful and we have been invited to apply to stage 2 Coastal Communities Fund Round 5. Their email also states that ‘On behalf of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and Groundwork UK we apologise for the delay communicating our decision to you. We appreciate your patience and will support you to remedy any inconvenience caused to your project plans’. We are also warned " that we need to be aware that stage 2 is very competitive and there is no guarantee of funding as MHCLG are only able to support those applications that demonstrate the strongest fit with our criteria".
A reminder of the local components put forward by the Lyme Regis and Charmouth Coastal Community Team:
a. Interpretation (£80,000) Providing directional, seafront and historical town information that encourages visitors to explore Lyme, Charmouth & Uplyme along and adjacent to the seafront and river valley, thus increasing footfall in the Museum and other venues and enhancing the visitor experience. By integrating the coastal and inland pathways with the town and village centres, the project plans to encourage a broader experience, enjoying local food and drink and increasing dwell time and consequent expenditure with local businesses.
b. Development & promotion of walking routes (£10,000) To improve ‘legibility’ of the town, integrated with signage / interpretation as in (a) above and linking to the improved River Lim Path.
c. Disabled access around Lyme Regis town & gardens (£20,000)
d. New Lyme Regis seafront railings (£60,000) High quality ‘architectural’ style.
e. Lyme Regis Theatre Square demountable marquee (£25,000)
f. New Beach Access at Charmouth (£295,000)
g. Riverside footpath to link east and west Charmouth beaches (£15,000)
h. Visit Lyme Promotional Material (£55,000) Walk Lyme / Fit Lyme / Shop Lyme / Cultural Lyme / Historical Lyme / Dine Lyme, linked to the identification of different ‘quarters’ of the town; cultural; harbour; beach; food; retail etc.
The deadline for submitting the stage 2 application is Monday 21 January 2019 so much work to be done by then!