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Residents’ views sought on Kimmeridge Marine Centre improvements

Residents’ views sought on Kimmeridge Marine Centre improvements
Posted : October 20, 2017

Residents in Kimmeridge and the surrounding areas are being invited to have their say on proposed improvements at Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Marine Centre at Kimmeridge Bay. The popular centre, which showcases the area’s underwater wildlife, is being revamped and updated as part of the Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio, and has received grant funding through the portfolio from the Coastal Communities Fund, as well as financial support from Dorset Wildlife Trust and the Fine Family Foundation.

The project will revitalise the interpretative displays in the centre, and help visitors understand how and why the area’s wildlife and their habitats benefit from a high level of protection as part of the recently designated Marine Protected Area. The team are also working with Smedmore Estate to improve the visitor welcome at Kimmeridge Bay, making it easier for visitors to discover what’s on offer and find what they’re looking for.

Dorset Coast Forum, an independent coastal partnership, co-ordinates the portfolio of 18 projects and is running a drop in engagement session at the Etches Collection museum in Kimmeridge village on Saturday 28th October, between 1pm and 4pm.

Encouraging people from all walks of life to come along, Dorset Coastal Connections Project Co-ordinator Natalie Poulter said ‘This is a real chance for local people to get involved with this exciting project at an early stage. The story told at the Marine Centre is relevant to everyone for different reasons, and we’d like to hear residents’ views on where that story should start.’

Marine Awareness Officer for Dorset Wildlife Trust Julie Hatcher said ‘We know that local residents are our best ambassadors. We’re keen to work with our community to learn how we can help visitors from near and far understand the uniquely special environment we all enjoy here at Kimmeridge, and how we can build closer relationships with people living locally.’

If you can’t make it to the planned session, more information and an opportunity to have your say is also available online at www.dorsetcoasthaveyoursay.co.uk, where you can also discover the other projects in the Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio. You can also contact the team at Dorset.coast@dorsetcc.gov.uk or call (01305) 224833.

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Community engagement for a popular Lyme Regis and Uplyme footpath

Community engagement for a popular Lyme Regis and Uplyme footpath
Posted : October 20, 2017

Dorset Coast Forum are calling on local residents and visitors to have their say on planned improvements to a footpath from Lyme Regis to Uplyme. The Dorset Coastal Connections project, will enhance the existing bridleway and public footpath connecting Lyme Town Mill and the village of Uplyme, running alongside the River Lim. The aim of the project is to improve the path, whilst retaining and enhancing its natural character, and to improve access for local people and visitors.

As part of the project the enhanced path will be promoted as a key route in and out of Lyme for all users. The footpath links with the East Devon Way, the Wessex Ridgeway, and several other local walking routes that encourage visitors to explore the area whilst providing an attractive and inspiring environment.

Dorset Coastal Connections is a connected portfolio of 18 projects along the Dorset Coast which aims to support and boost the economies of Dorset’s coastal areas. The portfolio is funded by a grant from the government’s Coastal Communities Fund and partner organisations, and coordinated by Dorset Coast Forum. The Lyme Regis to Uplyme access project is led by LymeForward.

Drop-in engagement sessions for both residents and visitors of Lyme Regis and Uplyme to have their say on this project are being held on:

• Tuesday 31st October between 4-7pm at the Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge St, Lyme Regis, DT7 3QA, and
• Wednesday 1st November between 5.30-7.30pm at Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, DT7 3UY

Dorset Coastal Connections Project Officer Nikki Parker-Goadsby said “We are really keen to hear residents’ and visitors’ views on how the footpath can be practically improved as well as the overall look and feel, to encourage more people to use the path. Feedback received from these events will help influence the design of the footpath improvements”.

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