PROVISION for the relocation of council offices in Lyme Regis to an out-of-town site may be included in the draft Local Plan for West Dorset.

This was revealed at the town council's annual meeting by district councillor Ken Meech.

Lyme Regis Town Council is purchasing an 11-acre field at the top of Charmouth Road for recreational purposes for an undisclosed sum.

It is hoped that Lyme Regis Football Club, whose present home at the Davey Fort is seriously affected by land slippage, will move to the new site.

And at the council's May meeting, Councillor Meech revealed that the site had been discussed at an internal meeting of the district council with a view to the site being included in the West Dorset Local Plan, the development blueprint for the future.

Councillor Meech said the proposed recreation area might include provision for football pitches, a rugby pitch, a multi-user games area with tarmac surface, skateboarding, six-a-side football with floodlights and the relocation of the town council offices.

"It appears to be a sustainable location with easy access for all sections of the community," said Councillor Meech.

The town council has formed a project group with Lyme Regis Football Club to investigate funding to develop the sporting facilities on the site.

Serving on that committee is Councillor Lorna Jenkin who commented: "The planning process has started with the committee that we have set up with the football club."

Copyright Tindle Newspapers Ltd 06 June 01

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