Harbour and beach works to start at Lyme Regis

PUBLISHED: 14:25 04 April 2016

Lyme Regis harbour and main beach. Ref mha 14-16SH 1739. Picture: Simon Horn

Lyme Regis harbour and main beach. Ref mha 14-16SH 1739. Picture: Simon Horn


Some disruption is inevitable with some areas being cordoned off to ensure public safety , say officials

Annual harbour dredging and beach works are set to begin in Lyme Regis tomorrow (Thursday, April 7).

They will be carried out over the next few days until April 13, when the tides are at one of their lowest points in the year.

Works are restricted to these dates as tide levels dictate the amount of access hired machinery has and certain areas are only accessible during these times.

This phase includes beach works and dredging to the harbour and Victoria’s Pool.

These works will be carried out simultaneously with material being used from the dredging to replenish material lost on the beach.

Members of the public are encouraged to stay off the beach while sand moving operations are taking place.

The shingle beach in front of the Phase Two sea defences will also be re-profiled during this time, with large excavators being used.

Public access will be restricted while the machine is being operated. Banksmen will be on hand to ensure public safety.

David Brown, West Dorset District Council’s head of assets and infrastructure, told the Midweek Herald: “These works are necessary in order to maintain navigational approaches into the harbour and ensure the beaches are returned to their intended profiles.

“While we always aim to keep disruption to a minimum, inevitably there will be some areas that will be cordoned off during these works. I would ask the public to be aware of warning signs in place.”

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