Lyme harbour dredging works set to begin

Lyme Regis harbour and beacj. Picture: SIMON HORN

Lyme Regis harbour and beacj. Picture: SIMON HORN - Credit: Archant

Council workmen will be on site to ensure public safety

Works to dredge Lyme Regis harbour and replenish the resort’s shingle beach will begin on Saturday, March 20.

The operation, being carried out by West Dorset District Council, will last for 10 days, with no night shift work required.

Works will involve using a large hydraulic pump, with pipes running from the excavator through to dump trucks located on the beach.

Dump trucks will also be in operation replenishing the beach requiring sections to be closed off to the public.

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The promenade will remain open throughout the works.

Banksmen will be on site for both sets of work to ensure public safety.

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Similar dredging works are also being carried out at nearby West Bay.

Cllr Russell, West Dorset District Council’s Executive Portfolio Holder for Environmental Protection and Assets, said:

“These works are essential for maintaining the day-to-day running of both harbours, and ensures the beaches are fully replenished for residents and visitors to enjoy in the warmer months.

“Times and dates for these works are dictated by the tide schedule. We have avoided school half-term and Easter weekend to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.”

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