Swanage Green Seafront Stabilisation & Enhancement Scheme

Swanage Green Seafront Stabilisation & Enhancement Scheme

Swanage Green Seafront Stabilisation & Enhancement Scheme

Sandpit Field, Weather Station field and the Spa beach hut area in Swanage need essential stabilisation work to retain them as integral spaces along the seafront. As part of this work there may also be an opportunity to enhance these spaces for the public benefit.

 Project overview

Due to significant ground movement and slope instability three areas in Swanage need to undergo essential ground stabilisation works in order retain them as integral spaces along the seafront. These include Sandpit Field, Weather Station Field, and the ‘Spa’ beach hut area.

There has been significant monitoring to determine the nature and impact of the ground instability. Evidence of the ground movement is visible if you visit the areas concerned, which show large areas of uneven ground and significant cracks in both retaining walls and in the footpaths. Swanage Town Council are now monitoring over 40 ‘defects’ in these areas.

Whilst it is not able to determine when a significant ground movement may occur as this depends on a wide range of factors, it is clear that there are consequences of inaction, e.g. risks of increased dereliction and costs of temporary/emergency works. Therefore, the essential stabilisation works are scheduled for 2025/2026 and there may be an opportunity, as presented in the Swanage Seafront Masterplan, to significantly enhance these areas, whilst retaining them as a premier events field and key green space. This would ultimately be dependent upon funding.

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Who’s listening?

James Mitchell

James Mitchell

Dorset Coast Forum Project Officer

Find out more about Swanage Green Seafront Stabilisation & Enhancement Scheme

Portland Underhill to Wyke Regis FCRM Project

Portland Underhill to Wyke Regis FCRM Project

Portland Underhill to Wyke Regis Flood and Coastal Risk Management (FCRM) Project

    Working in partnership to define the long-term (100 year) sustainable, adaptable and integrated approach to coastal flood and erosion risks. 

    Project overview

    There are currently a number of increasing pressures on coastal management in the project area, which are expected to worsen with climate change and sea level rise. These include:  

    • Aging assets and infrastructure 
    • Chesil beach is migrating back into the Fleet / Portland Harbour due to overtopping events and front face erosion 
    • Land instability around Chesil Cove and the West Weares  
    • The risk posed by sea level rise and climate change to the A354 causeway road from both the Lyme Bay and Portland Harbour sides.  
    • The impacts of climate change on coastal processes and water levels will become increasingly harder to predict.   

    Dorset Council, working in collaboration with the Environment Agency and with support from BCP Council, Dorset Coast Forum and technical consultants AECOM, are undertaking a project to develop a new FCRM Strategy for the area shown in the map. 

    The new FCRM Strategy will define the long-term (100 year) sustainable, adaptable, and integrated approach for managing the risks of coastal flooding, erosion and land-sliding, taking into account the latest data and evidence.

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    Figure 2: Portland Underhill to Wyke Regis FCRM Strategy project extent and key locations

    Portland Underhill to Wyke Regis FCRM Strategy project extent and key locations.

    Who’s listening?

    Dan Williams

    Dan Williams

    Project Officer, Dorset Coast Forum

    Portland Underhill to Wyke Regis Flood and Coastal Risk Management (FCRM) Project

    Lyme Regis Cobb Stabilisation Scheme

    Lyme Regis Cobb Stabilisation Scheme

    Lyme Regis Cobb Stabilisation Scheme

      The scheme aims to reinforce and repair the Cobb, a historic Grade 1 listed harbour. The harbour is essential as a historic monument, a breakwater that protects the town and coastline from erosion and flooding, and as the site of numerous businesses and livelihoods.  

      Project overview

      Sea-floor erosion, combined with the localised movement of stone blocks due to wave impact on the outer harbour wall and the deterioration of the structure on the inner harbour wall, have seen significant destabilisation of the structure.

      It is predicted that the functionality of the Cobb as a breakwater would end in the 2040’s, potentially resulting in the loss of the harbour, and over 100 residential and non-residential properties will be at increased risk of flooding and coastal erosion.

      The project aims to stabilise the Cobb to maintain its status as a breakwater, a coastal flood and erosion defence and a safe harbour for many different types of vessels and businesses.

      It is being proposed to strengthen and stabilise the structure which may include construction of a low-level concrete toe foundation strengthening wall along with tension piles to anchor the inner harbour walls.

      Design options have been extensively reviewed by the project team and the wider statutory authorities including Historic England, Marine Management Organisation, and the Environment Agency. The project team are currently reviewing the scheme design options with a view to come to a preferred option that can be presented to stakeholders and the public. The preferred design will have a material effect upon construction timeline and therefore the project team is not in position to comment upon the construction programme at this time.

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      Who’s listening?

      James Mitchell

      James Mitchell

      Project Officer, Dorset Coast Forum

      Find out more about Lyme Regis Cobb Stabilisation Scheme

      Swanage Town Coastal Protection Scheme

      Swanage Town Coastal Protection Scheme

      Swanage Town Coastal Protection Scheme

      Working in partnership to help protect the town of Swanage from the risks of coastal flooding.

        Project overview

        In storm events or high tide and easterly winds, the town centre’s current defences suffer from waves overtopping the sea wall. This is an ongoing issue and has diverse implications for Swanage, impacting the environment, businesses, and tourism.  The impacts of these events on Swanage have demonstrated the need for improved protection. 

        Dorset Council in partnership with the Environment Agency, Dorset Coast Forum and Swanage Town Council are looking at options for coastal flood defences to help protect the town of Swanage.  

        The scheme aims to provide a permanent flood defence scheme to Shore Road and the Mowlem Slipway area, The Square, The Parade and Lower High Street. This central location currently relies on seasonal emergency temporary flood defences which are deployed each winter by the Environment Agency to help protect the town from high tides and storms.   

        Dorset Council’s Flood & Coastal Erosion Risk Management Team (FCERM), supported by JBA Consultants are leading the progression of a single scheme and an outline business case which will be submitted to the Environment Agency to bid for government funding for the scheme.   

        If funding is obtained, there will be further consultation with community and specific groups as the project develops. Design proposals for the flood protection scheme will be shared through direct contact, structured workshops and open community consultation events led and facilitated by Dorset Coast Forum on behalf of the project.  

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        Who’s listening?

        Sara Parker

        Sara Parker

        Project Officer, Dorset Coast Forum

        sara.parker@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
        01305 224728 / 07780 148790

        Find out more about Swanage Town Coastal Protection Scheme

        Studland Bay Marine Partnership

        Studland Bay Marine Partnership

        Studland Bay Marine Partnership

          To manage Studland Bay in a collaborative and sustainable way, ensuring the Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) objectives are met, nature can flourish and people can enjoy the area without seriously impacting the environment. Ensuring recreational water users are a central part of this environmental initiative to restore seagrass meadows. 

          Project overview

          Recreational boaters who use, visit and enjoy Studland Bay are being asked to help protect its precious habitats for the future.

          After extensive consultation with the boating community and users of the bay, a Voluntary No Anchor Zone was introduced by the Marine Management Organisation in 2021 to help reduce damage caused by boats dropping and weighing anchors and extended in June 2022 (see the MMO’s Studland Bay MCZ Habitat Protection Strategy and website for more information). At all times, anchoring in emergency situations is still be permitted.

          Representing a wide range of organisations, the Studland Bay Marine Partnership formed to work towards protecting Studland’s seagrass beds and its resident, and protected, long-snouted seahorse population and other marine wildlife.

          Hundreds of waterborne visitors to Studland Bay already take a proactive approach to conservation by using eco-moorings.  The SBMP has brought together key stakeholders and introduced a mooring solution that meets the needs of recreational boaters and protects the precious seagrass habitat.

           

          For the 2024 summer season, 87 eco-moorings installed by the Studland Bay Marine Partnership will be available for boaters who are visiting the bay to use. These provide a fantastic solution allowing boaters to moor without dropping their anchors on the seagrass. Each eco-mooring has a helical screw anchor which is driven into the seabed and attached to the mooring buoy via an elastic rode which stretches and contracts with the tide, avoiding scouring the seabed.

          Visit the HYS website below for more information about the project, including our eco-mooring coordinates, FAQs, how to donate to moor, or just donate and lots of supporting information about the Studland Bay Marine Partnership.

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          Who’s listening?

          Sara Parker

          Sara Parker

          Project Officer, Dorset Coast Forum

          sara.parker@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
          01305 224728 / 07780 148790

          Find out more about Studland Bay Marine Partnership