Work to install a puffin crossing in Lyme Regis’ Broad Street will begin next month.

The controversial crossing, which will be between the Pug and Puffin and Joules store, was given approval last year, despite Lyme Regis Town Council retracting its support for the scheme.

Hundreds of residents signed a petition for the crossing back in 2016, however, concerns have been raised regarding congestion in the town and the loss of on-street parking spaces.

Plans for the crossing were recommended for refusal by the then Dorset County Council’s highways officer to the regulatory committee.

Despite this, the committee recommended the crossing be approved when it went to a cabinet meeting.

Work was meant to start in autumn 2019, but this was postponed due to work to a Grade II Listed building was underway with scaffolding in the area where teams needed to work. It was rescheduled for April this year.

Work will now start on October 5 and is expected to take three weeks to complete.