Save The Three Cups Hotel
In view of the fascinating history of this building, you may surprised to know that it has been standing empty for 14 years and its future is far from certain. The structure is "Listed" which means that it would be illegal to demolish it, and a change of use would require planning permission. However, there are several areas of concern.
1) The building will deteriorate while not in use and is in danger of vandalism .
2) The owners seem to be delaying its return to use because of pending coastal defence works.
3) The owners may seek a change of use which would deny access to the general public.
4) In its current state the public cannot enjoy visiting a site of great historical and cultural interest.
I would really like to see the Three Cups retuned to its traditional use as a hotel so that anyone could visit it and take in the atmosphere and history of the place. However, it's not a simple conservation issue. What can be done?
The Civic Trust is represented locally by the Lyme Regis Society and it is one of their concerns to see the Three Cups open to the public again. They would very much appreciate and benefit from any messages of support which are sent to this site.
So, please post your views on the need to conserve this building. You could also help by sending ideas for alternative uses of the building and how to run a hotel with high local staff costs and no en suite rooms. There is a useful car park at the rear but should it be used by the public while the hotel is empty or by contractors working on the sea defences.
I'd like to thank Greg Wright, Bob Speers, Sarah Thompson, Hugh Dunford-Wood, Quentin Pickard, Matthew Slocombe (SPAB), Bernard Spencer and Mary Bohane (LRS) for their encouragement in all this.