All invited to have their say on future of local harbours

lyme regis harbour
Lyme Regis harbour (photo by Steve Wallis)

DORSET Council’s Harbours Committee is looking ahead as to how Weymouth, West Bay and Lyme Regis harbours will develop over the next 10 years.

The Dorset Coast Forum is leading this work on behalf of Dorset Council and want your views and ideas to create a strategy that aligns all three harbours under Dorset Council management, while recognising the individual challenges and opportunities for each location.

Virtual workshops were recently held for harbour users to have open discussions around the current use, what currently works well, what doesn’t, and any ideas people have about what they would want to see happen over the next ten years.

The consultation is now being opened up to anyone who was unable to take part in the workshops. Harbour users and residents can have their say by visiting the website www.dorsetcoasthaveyoursay.co.uk/dorset-harbours-strategy to fill in the survey by October 11.

The results of the consultations will be available after the online surveys close.

Cllr Mark Roberts, chairman of the Dorset Council Harbours Committee, said: “It’s vital that we talk to users of all three harbours and the wider community to understand what’s important to them and listen to their ideas. We’ll then start to develop a strategy using what we’ve heard. I look forward to hearing what everyone has to say”.

Dorset Coast Forum officers will be working closely with the Dorset Harbours Committee and stakeholders to develop a strategy using a bottom-up approach to ensure it reflects the needs and aspirations of the communities but also reflects the priorities of the Dorset Council.

Dorset Coast Forum is an independent, neutral partnership organisation which works to promote the social, economic and environmental benefits of the Dorset coast and the surrounding seas.

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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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