Plans to protect Lyme’s historic Cobb to go on public display

Phase V of the Coastal Protection Scheme will see Lyme's historic Cobb protected for future years

PLANS for the final phase of the coastal protection works in Lyme Regis are expected to go on display in June.

The Lyme Regis Coastal Protection Scheme was launched in the early 1990s to protect the town’s continually eroding coastline.

It started with the creation of new sewage works and a seawall along Gun Cliff, followed by restructuring of the main beach, Cart Road and stabilisation works in Langmoor and Lister Gardens, which was completed in 2007.

The most recent phase saw stabilisation works and the construction of a new seawall along East Cliff open in 2015.

The final part of the scheme – Phase V – will focus on stabilisation and repairs to Lyme Regis’ historic Cobb harbour. Plans are expected to go on public display in June.

Councillor John Russell, West Dorset District Council’s portfolio holder for Environmental Protections and Assets, said: “Lyme Regis is located on a continually eroding stretch of the West Dorset part of the Jurassic coast. To address the challenges that this presents – such as coastal erosion, landslips and damage to the historic Cobb – West Dorset District Council created a Lyme Regis Coast Protection Scheme in the early 1990s.

“The scheme comprises of a series of major engineering works, of which the Cobb resurfacing work is just one part of this long-term coastal scheme. This scheme has been extremely successful to date and has won awards within the engineering industry.

“The plans for the Cobb, which include stabilising the structure for the long term as well as potentially repairing the surface in certain locations, are currently in development.

“We will be looking to host open days for these plans in early June and we are working hard to finalise the details.  We hope to have these ready to send to the public over the coming weeks to give plenty of notice.”

For more details on the Coastal Protection Scheme, visit

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