Have your say

Please use the box below to pass on your comments, thoughts and ideas. It works like this you type your comments into the box at the bottom and click ‘submit’. The comment comes to us for approval before being uploaded onto the web site. (We may need to edit for clarity.)

16 Responses to Have your say

  1. pollybenfield says:

    Join us making fabric bags! Made from fabric donated and saved from landfill… those old curtains, pieces saved in the bottom drawer for a project. Sew-In on Thursday 26 September at Hallett Court, 10am-4pm. All welcome. Many skills needed,.. sewing, ironing, cutting out.

  2. We had a very thought-provoking meeting about Extinction Rebellion. Well attended. Excellent presentation from Anna and Sara, representatives from Bridport. Lots of information and a local XR group is being started in Lyme Regis.. You can find information on their Facebook page – Extinction Rebellion Lyme Regis..

  3. Our Plastic Free Lyme Regis campaign is up and running with lots of support and interest from residents, businesses and holiday visitors Have a look at our web site – http://www.plasticfreelyme.uk for ideas… information.. news and events.

  4. Pete Grigg says:

    Re the comments about bio-degradable bags – what do these things degrade into? Smaller and smaller pieces of plastic which are eventually small enough to enter our food chain? I don’t know the answer, maybe someone reading this does and can clarify this, but I think that plastic is a bad thing in all its forms as supermarket/shop/produce packaging and for waste disposal. I liked the predecessor of plastic bags: the good old brown paper carrier bag and brown paper bags for sweets, potatoes, shoes etc. Cheers, Pete G

  5. Polly Benfield says:

    How about supporting the campaign to ban plastic bags at the Olympics? It’s easy to have your voice heard. Go for it!
    There is a new petition, targetting the Olympics and hoping to
    make the London 2010 games plastic-bag-free – please sign at

  6. Sarah Cross says:

    Does anybody know of any allotments to rent for growing vegetables? I live in the centre of lyme with only public transport so the nearer the better… please let me know! suburbanrain@hotmail.co.uk

  7. my only claim to fame was being known as the bag lady of Seapoint, Cape Town. This lofty title was awarded by the local paper after I had spent two years picking up rubbish along the seashore and environs.As an old girl from Lyme Regis Grammar School, I send you congratulations on your campaign and wish you all success. Best regards, Priscilla

  8. Guy Ottewell says:

    The Turn Lyme Green effort is fine. I personally prefer string bags, which I have used for many years. They stretch to hold nearly a cubic yard of items, yet scrunch into a ball smaller than a fist, small enough to go into a pocket. I order them for £2 each plus VAT (a price that would come down for larger orders) and they are on sale now at Jalito’s; I also persuaded stallholders at Axminster market to carry them, and have some more that I will be offering to some other shop in Lyme or Uplyme. Once you get used to carrying your own string bag around, you find its endless convenience addictive, and enjoy rejecting shops’ bags everywhere from Lyme to London to Palermo.

    Lyme cannot become “plastic-bag free” as long as people can come into shops bagless and have to be given bags. There are only two ways: For plastic bags actually to be banned by law, as in (parts of?) France. Or for the majority of people, not just Lymians but tourists, to be accustomed to carrying their own bags around. I feel that string bags are the appealing idea most likely to spread.

    • Mark Howarth says:

      Hear Hear!

      I feel that the current policy of charging for a bag for life could be changed. If people were charged for plastic bags and given a bag for life I am sure it would make people think about buying a plastic bag and hurt their pockets. I am not sure how this could be implemented but I feel it should be up for discussion.

  9. Julie Neubert says:


    I’ve never seen the Marine Theatre as full as it was for the launch of Turn Lyme Green. ‘Well done’ to the organizers. After plastics, I hope the next focus of attention will be energy conservation.

    I’m astonished to see that some people are still covering the outside of their houses with Christmas lights and illuminated Santas. In some areas, neighbours compete with each other to see who can pile on the most and leave them on for longer. WHY? “It’s for the children”, I hear. Is wasting energy a good example to set for the next generation? “But it’s for charity”. Can’t some other way can be found to raise money?
    Children used to enjoy Christmas quite happily with just a few fairy lights on a tree.

    The Council is promising us Christmas lights that are “better than ever”. Does this mean they’ll use even more electricity? Perhaps they can make sure they’re not turned on in daylight or left on too late.

    Also, there are many local shops that leave their doors wide open in winter, some with heaters right above the doorway. Apart from wasting their own money, they’re contributing to global warming twice: both in the generation of the power they use and by directly heating the air outside. If enough customers draw attention to it, maybe they’ll think again.

    We won’t need any more nuclear power stations to be built if we simply USE LESS POWER. The “I can afford it therefore I can squander it” attitude is no longer OK.

    Let’s look forward to seeing the first wind turbines on a hilltop in Dorset. They could be another tourist attraction.

  10. Jean says:

    Does anyone know where to buy bin liners which biodegrade? I failed to find any in a recent hunt. We are in rural West Dorset and do not have wheelie bins – our rubbish has to be in a bag and is thrown into an open topped lorry so it has to be contained in something.

    Also, I haven’t seen any bags for sale for swing bin/pedal bins and the small compostable bags I use for kitchen waste are too small for these purposes. I used to think I was doing quite well using my old Tesco carrier bags twice – once for shopping and then to put my rubbish in – I know see the error of my ways!

  11. Paddy says:

    check out

    Might be of some intersest for your local traders, as well as your own research into where they do their recycling . . .

  12. Karen says:

    well done TLG – What Next?…

    How about a Farmer’s market?
    I know this was tried a number of years ago, but it was in the Woodmead Halls – and so missed all the town centre people-traffic.

    The Baptist church hall is almost complete now, and would be the ideal site for it. I am sure they would be amenable to the idea..

    It could be a revenue raiser for the church and TLG, reduce food-miles, create local jobs & opportunities and support local food producers.

  13. Dave Edwards says:

    Great startup event with lots of enthusiasm. Need to embrace the whole town(area?)
    Next in line for the chop must be polystyrene cups, fast food containers and those thin pieces of clear plastic that wrap some things.
    At the same time traders need to to be brought on board so that their livelihood is not threatened(except Tesco!) eg chip shops may have to pay more for corn containers than polystyrene. Charge more or make less? Handing out low voltage bulbs could antagonise shops that sell them. Why not get them on boarby involving them in distribution. More people in their shops, more sales, hopefully. Well done so far

  14. Ann Boothroyd says:

    Well done, let’s keep up the good work!

    Could turnlymegreen bulk buy bio-degradable bags and containers, and sell them locally? This would encourage us to use them instead of plastics, and would be cheaper than buying individually from the manufacturers. It would also bring the costs down, as more towns do the same.

    It would be good to get a professional who deals with recycling to talk to us and answer questionss about what is done with the various materials. It could also encourage the recyclers to deal with more plastics such as yoghort containers which are not currently recycled.

    What about asking the manager of Axminster Tesco to come and speak to us? Most of the rubbish comes from Tesco, and they need to be put under pressure to change their packaging and recycle – I would like to see all supermarkets having recycling bins in their carparks.

  15. Dympna Duncan says:

    Following on from last nights discussion re.plastic milk bottles can I suggest that people be encouraged to have milk delivered and thus avoid the problem all together. I know there is then a problem re fuel etc involved in the delivery but the more who have bottled milk delivered the less a problem it becomes. For information I get my milk from Dairy Crest 01392 468207—my round number is 065 but I don’t know what area this covers. It is more expensive but at least they reuse the bottles.
    Great turn out last night— well done.


Leave a Reply to pollybenfield Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s