Public asked to have their say on 10-year strategy for Lyme Regis harbour

Lyme Regis harbourTHE draft Dorset Harbours Strategy, which will guide the development of Lyme Regis, West Bay and Weymouth harbours over the next ten years, has been approved for public consultation

Dorset Council is now seeking views from the public to build a strategy that is supported by communities and stakeholders.

The Dorset Coast Forum has been working with the Dorset Council Harbours’ Committee to help develop this new strategy which will unify the three harbours under Dorset Council management, while recognising the unique qualities of each harbour.

As part of this work, Dorset Coast Forum carried out initial public consultation in autumn 2020 and has been using this feedback, working alongside a strategy subgroup of the Harbours Committee to help guide the development of the strategy.

The Harbours Committee has already asked for feedback on the draft strategy as part of the strategy development from the Harbour Consultative Groups and key stakeholders and is now asking for views from the wider public.

Cllr Mark Roberts, chairman of the Dorset Council Harbours Committee said: “We are pleased with the progress of the draft strategy so far and now are urging people to get involved in helping us in finalising the Dorset Harbour Strategy.

“We are particularly keen to hear your views on the harbour’s strategic goals and the actions around achieving those goals.

“We need to ensure this strategy sets achievable aspirations on how the harbours are managed so that they can thrive and continue to be at the heart of our coastal towns”.

Once this feedback has been reviewed the final strategy is scheduled to be submitted to the Dorset Council Harbours Committee for approval in March 2022.

The online survey is now open until midnight in December 5 at www.dorsetcoasthaveyoursay.co.uk/dorset-harbours-strategy

Paper copies of the survey are available on request by contacting dorset.coast@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk or call 01305 224833 or at the harbour master offices.

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