Making Bridport a plastic free town was a big topic at the latest Bridport Business Chamber of Trade and Commerce meeting.

Bridport mayor, councillor Ian Bark, and councillor Rose Allwork joined members of the chamber in a Zoom meeting where Cllr Bark outlined his aims to make Bridport a plastic free community during his year as mayor. He explained that plastic free doesn’t mean getting rid of all plastics, but for people to commit to reducing their single use plastic usage by at least three items. He emphasised that everyone has a role to play and asked for the chamber’s support and encourages members to remove three pieces of single use plastic from their systems. He will also be talking to schools to get them onboard.

The current chamber manifesto has a commitment to reducing plastic use so there was no hesitation in president Rob Muhl offering the chamber’s full support.

The discussion them moved on to the new chamber booklet, which is now available, which the mayor said would be effective in encouraging new members, and the new sculpture trail which is nearly complete.

The town council has also produced a booklet all about things to do in Bridport, which is available from the TIC called ‘Bridport and West Bay - Back in Business’.

A new idea from the Totally Locally Bridport team was discussed - a town website where customers could order and pay for goods from various town centre suppliers and then collect the order from one place. It was generally agreed to be a good idea and the Chamber will be asking for feedback from local retailers to see if this could be a viable project.

The next meeting is on Tuesday, October 13 and will be held on Zoom. All members and prospective members are welcome. If you would like further information, contact Debbie on