Do you know your dredging?

Dredging works get underway on the beach in Lyme Regis. Photo by Richard Austin

District council’s annual harbour maintenance
gets underway after weather delays

HAVING been delayed due to the recent adverse weather condition, the annual dredging of Lyme Regis harbour got underway last week.

West Dorset District Council (WDDC) is carrying out work to dredge the harbours and replenish the beaches in both Lyme Regis and West Bay.

The work in Lyme started last Tuesday and is expected to continue for two weeks. This will be carried out in day and night shifts but night shifts will be pump only, so they are not expected to disturb local residents.

Sections of the sandy beach in Lyme Regis will be closed for the duration of works at Lyme Regis but all car parks will remain open. Banksmen will be on site for both sets of work to ensure public safety.

The district council has now released a video and fun dinosaur-theme fact sheets about dredging to educate the public about the works, especially interested youngsters, and is asking residents and visitors to join in on social media using #DoYouKnowDeredging.

Dredging maintains the entrance to the harbours and bulks up parts of the beach for flood defences.

Both Lyme Regis and West Bay boast world-famous harbours. These are fundamental to the prosperity of the towns and WDDC maintains the harbours for boat owners to have a safe and secure place to store and use their boats.

The towns’ beaches are highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Enjoyed by both tourists and residents,

the district also aims to keep these beaches in exceptional condition.

Councillor Tony Alford, leader of West Dorset District Council, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the town council, as we know how much it means for our local economy to keep the beach in peak condition.

A range of equipment including amphibious excavators, dump trucks, bulldozers and dredging pumps is used in the dredging works.

“This year, we will be running an educational campaign to highlight the importance of dredging.”

The dredging works are a part of a large scheme to improve coastal erosion and flood protection in Lyme Regis. This award-nominated scheme is now nearing completion, with the final phase underway on the Cobb.

A spokesperson for the district council commented: “We know how much it means for our local economy to keep the beautiful beaches in peak condition. Therefore, only sections of sandy beach will be shut during duration of works.

“If you visit West Bay or Lyme Regis in this time, why not let us know via the hashtag #DoYouKnowDredging?”

To find out more about dredging, watch the below video…

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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