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Dorset Harbours Strategy

The Dorset Council Harbours Committee are developing a Dorset Council Harbours Strategy to provide direction as to how Weymouth(External link)West Bay(External link) and Lyme Regis (External link)Harbours will develop over the next 10 years.

Following the formation of Dorset Council through a Local Government Reorganisation in 2019, Dorset Council became the Statutory Harbour Authority for the three harbours. Dorset Council Harbours Committee is responsible for exercising functions as the harbour authority. The strategy will be owned by Dorset Council and is implemented by Dorset Council Harbours Committee. Dorset Coast Forum have been commissioned to help develop the strategy.

Why do we need a Dorset Harbours Strategy?

This strategy is to ensure that all three harbours have a clear direction and are aligned under the management of Dorset Council while recognising their unique qualities and local communities.

What as happened so far?

As part of the development of this strategy Dorset Coast Forum, was appointed to carry out a range of consultation and engagement including:

  • a desk-based research exercise,
  • interviews with harbour staff,
  • workshops for key stakeholders and the public, and a
  • public survey.

These public events took place from September to October 2020 with further consultation with key stakeholders on the Vision, Aims and Strategic Goals in March 2021. A summary of the consultation feedback is found in the Dorset Harbours Strategy Consultation Report which is available HERE.

Initial consultation was based on key areas of investigation for each of the three harbours:

  • What is working well at each harbour?
  • What is not working very well at each harbour?
  • Potential ideas for development or opportunities.

The Dorset Council Harbours Committee appointed a working group to help guide the development of the strategy, using the feedback from these consultations. The working group have been meeting to develop a draft strategy.

What happens next? – Have your say now!

We have already asked for feedback on the draft strategy from the Dorset Harbours Committee and the Harbour Consultative Groups and we are now inviting the wider public to feedback, by completing the

 Dorset Harbours Draft Strategy Survey

This survey closing at midnight on Sunday 5 December 2021.

Paper copies of the survey and strategy are available on request by contacting dorset.coast@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk(External link) or 01305 224833 and can be collected from the Harbour Master Offices.

Once this feedback has been reviewed and incorporated where possible, the draft strategy will go the Dorset Harbours Committee in March 2022 for final approval.

The Dorset Harbours Committee will then use the strategy to help guide the development of the harbours and inform decision making.

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