Not good enough!
I would agree with the councillor who said that it is disgusting that the HOTEL has stood empty for 22 years but it looks like Palmers and their supporters are still promoting the idea of knocking down as much as possible of The Three Cups and turning it into luxury accommodation. They seem to have directed many people into arguing about how big a new visitor centre come boutique shop will be. I'm glad there are still some councillors who are banging the drum for a HOTEL for the public and beds for visitors. That's what Lyme Regis needs: not some high security gated compound for anonymous elites and seldom seen tenants.
I would encourage the people of the town not to forget the cultural connections which could improve visitor numbers. I believe it will be a good day for Lyme Regis when it is more famous for The Three Cups HOTEL than The Cobb. There are more literary and cultural connections with the former and it could be enjoyed in all weathers and after - and during - a few drinks.
To promote its cultural connections, The Three Cups HOTEL should be displaying possibly the greatest number of blue plaques on any one building. The one referring to Tolkien having spent many happy holidays there could attract the most visitors. It is interesting to note that a blue plaque was unveiled in Leeds yesterday to identify a house where Tolkien lived for one year! Well done to the Leeds Civic Trust and the Tolkien Society who organised this event which I was pleased to attend.