Patch repairs to continue on Lyme’s historic Cobb until full scheme is approved

The historic Cobb wall requires regular maintenance as it is under constant attack by the elements (photo by Richard Austin)

PATCH repairs will continue to be made to the listed historic Cobb harbour in Lyme Regis until a full-scale improvement plan is approved.

Dorset Council says it is waiting for agreement to be reached on phase 5 of the overall Lyme Regis coastal improvement scheme before it can undertake anything other than minor repairs and maintenance to the historic structure.

Previous stages of the scheme have included the construction of Gun Cliff Walk and the sewage works, East Cliff Walk, stabilisation works in Langmoor and Lister Gardens and a complete re-profiling of the town’s main beach to protect it from coastal erosion and landslides.

Full-scale repairs to the Cobb will be the final phase of the multi-milllion pound scheme, which first got underway in the 1990s.

At West Bay, consultants have been investigating the eastern basin walls and walkways – coming up with what is said to be an extensive list of work which might be needed once further monitoring is completed.

Work on replacing timber piles at the harbour has now been delayed until the autumn, rather than start the work during the main tourist season.

By Local Democracy Reporter Trevor Bevins

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