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Residents’ views sought on Kimmeridge Marine Centre improvements

Residents’ views sought on Kimmeridge Marine Centre improvements
Posted : October 20, 2017

Residents in Kimmeridge and the surrounding areas are being invited to have their say on proposed improvements at Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Marine Centre at Kimmeridge Bay. The popular centre, which showcases the area’s underwater wildlife, is being revamped and updated as part of the Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio, and has received grant funding through the portfolio from the Coastal Communities Fund, as well as financial support from Dorset Wildlife Trust and the Fine Family Foundation.

The project will revitalise the interpretative displays in the centre, and help visitors understand how and why the area’s wildlife and their habitats benefit from a high level of protection as part of the recently designated Marine Protected Area. The team are also working with Smedmore Estate to improve the visitor welcome at Kimmeridge Bay, making it easier for visitors to discover what’s on offer and find what they’re looking for.

Dorset Coast Forum, an independent coastal partnership, co-ordinates the portfolio of 18 projects and is running a drop in engagement session at the Etches Collection museum in Kimmeridge village on Saturday 28th October, between 1pm and 4pm.

Encouraging people from all walks of life to come along, Dorset Coastal Connections Project Co-ordinator Natalie Poulter said ‘This is a real chance for local people to get involved with this exciting project at an early stage. The story told at the Marine Centre is relevant to everyone for different reasons, and we’d like to hear residents’ views on where that story should start.’

Marine Awareness Officer for Dorset Wildlife Trust Julie Hatcher said ‘We know that local residents are our best ambassadors. We’re keen to work with our community to learn how we can help visitors from near and far understand the uniquely special environment we all enjoy here at Kimmeridge, and how we can build closer relationships with people living locally.’

If you can’t make it to the planned session, more information and an opportunity to have your say is also available online at www.dorsetcoasthaveyoursay.co.uk, where you can also discover the other projects in the Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio. You can also contact the team at Dorset.coast@dorsetcc.gov.uk or call (01305) 224833.

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