Decision details

Mary Anning Rocks Statue

Decision Maker: Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth, Assets and Property

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Subject Matter

Mary Anning Rocks (Registered Charity No 1188919) wish to erect a statue of Mary Anning upon Council Land.


Reason for the decision

To create better awareness of the life and work of May Anning and to facilitate tourism


Alternative Options considered and rejected

The gifting of the land but that option reduced the Council’s ability to ensure the status was properly cared for.



Cllr Tony Ferrari

Cllr Belinda Bawden


Budget Implication

Legal costs of drafting a lease.

Surveyor’s time in progressing matters.


Legal Implications

The demise will be for 50 years and prohibit any alternative uses of the land upon which it sits. In view of the location and nature of this public open space it is not considered that the grant of this lease will prove detrimental to either Dorset Council or Lyme Regis Town Council.


Any conflict of interest



Reference Documents

a)    Draft Lease

b)    Public Notice



That the grant of a lease for a term of 50 years at a peppercorn rent upon a small parcel of public open space for the placement of a statue of Mary Anning be agreed.

Publication date: 18/05/2022

Date of decision: 18/05/2022

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