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Dorset Coastal Connections News – December 2017

Dorset Coastal Connections News – December 2017
Posted : December 11, 2017

Last week the project leads for the Dorset Coastal Connections projects met in Bournemouth for their quarterly meeting and a site visit to Bournemouth Pier Approach, where the CCF project is well underway.

We are delighted to have appointed Michael Pinsky as the artist for the West Bay projects. Michael will join the project teams and work with them to develop a holistic design for the projects in West Bay. He comes to us with a wealth of experience in using high quality art to improve and enhance public realm in some very prestigious projects and we’re excited to have him on board. For a peek into Michael’s work, please visit his website

Following on from very useful conversations with the communities of Kimmeridge, Lyme Regis and Uplyme, the projects at the Fine Foundation Marine Centre and Lyme/Uplyme are moving forward. People told us about what they felt were the key stories in each location and which areas were perhaps in need of greatest attention, and these suggestions will be taken into account in the project plans going forward.

Natalie (Dorset Coastal Connections Project Coordinator) and Cleo (Arts Coordinator) presented on the project’s progress at the recent Dorset Coast Forum meeting, and both Nikki and Natalie enjoyed chatting to partners about the projects, opportunities for getting even better value with them and potential links with wider ideas.

Work on Bournemouth’s Western Pier Approach improvements has started and is progressing well; and Poole’s project team is working hard to develop plans for the substantial redevelopment work to beach huts (funded by Borough of Poole) and public realm (funded by CCF) due to begin later this winter.

Christchurch Borough Council recently (31st Oct) voted to look again at options for the Beach access project at Highcliffe (via the zig zag path at Highcliffe Castle), and have formed a member-led task and finish group to explore options. This does not provide a guarantee that the project will go ahead, but we are optimistic at the prospect of progress and are working with officers to provide the relevant information for the task & finish group.

For more information on the project, visit the Dorset Coastal Connections page

Photo credit: LoveLoveFilms


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