A New Life for the Shelters on Lyme Regis' Marine Parade
The "shelters" on Marine Parade on Lyme Regis' sea-front were a real eyesore for some years. The town council, after consultation with interested parties, came up with a plan to revive this prominent building in the middle of Marine Parade. Sue Holman was given a guided tour by David Gale who, in his role as client adviser, was coordinating the project for the council. The new facility includes two community rooms, a concourse on the upper level, shelters for the very odd occassion when the British summer weather proves unkind, two shops and the "jewel in the crown", as David describes it, the central pavilion which serves as an information point and a flexible space that can be used for any number of purposes. The building was completed in very short order so that it wouldn't be a building site for the all important summer season and was ready in early July 2011. Funding came from a variety of sources, mostly the town council, but also from West Dorset District Council, Dorset County Council, Chalk and Cheese (European Local Action for Rural Communities), Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site team, National Trust and Natural England. The musicians are Holly Chapman (violin) and Ivor Hyde (accordion). Ivor and Holly were playing for the benefit of the RNLI. This video was shot and edited by John Holman.