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West Bay Coastal Defence Improvements

Following the storms in 2014, which flooded several areas of West Bay, the Environment Agency have identified this popular coastal town as an area which requires improvements to its coastal defences.

What’s happening when?

West Beach – Esplanade back wall and beach construction

  • Compound to be set up the week and mobilisation commencing 18th February
  • Esplanade road closed to all public traffic and parking from 25th February to 5th July (exact start date to be confirmed)
  • West Beach closed from 8th April to 5th July
  • Pedestrian route along the promenade will be open for the duration of the works

East Beach – Buried rock core and boardwalk

  • Compound to be set up and mobilisation starting from 19th March
  • A section of East Beach car park will be closed from 19th March for site compound, plant refuge area and rock stockpiling
  • The western side of East Beach will be closed from 8th April to 5th July
  • Public access to remain open to the eastern side of East Beach for the majority of the works
  • East Beach will be fully closed for a 2-week period at a time which can be flexible between 23rd April and 24th May (this is weather and tide dependant)
  • The boardwalk access at East Beach will be constructed in the autumn when all other works are completed

All works are scheduled to be completed by the 5th July with all accesses fully open over the summer holiday.  Unforeseen weather/sea conditions may cause delays in which case it will be necessary for the contractor to complete any outstanding works after the summer season in September before the start of the autumn/winter storm period.

How do I find out more?

Drop in sessions will be held at The Salt House while the works are taking place, where the contractors will be available to answer any queries:

  • Thursday 7th March, 1.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 21st March, 1.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 4th April, 1.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 17th April, 1.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Monday 29th April, 1.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 16th May, 1.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 30th May, 1.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 13th June, 1.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 27th June, 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Queries, requests and comments may also be sent to

For media enquiries, please call 0800 917 9271 or contact

The contractor, BMMJV, will keep the site noticeboards up to date. This can be found at the site compounds of East Beach and West Beach.

Statement from the Environment Agency – West Bay Coastal Improvements Scheme


Previous Meetings

The Dorset Coast Forum have worked closely with the Environment Agency to involve the community in consultations related to the coastal defence works. Work has been carried out with the local community to look at new improvements to the coastal defences to help prevent flooding in three key areas – east beach, west beach and parkdean embankment.  This has allowed the community to give their opinions and comments, which the Environment Agency have listened to and acted upon where possible during the planning stages.

The first step was a consultation event which was held on the 18 March 2016 to make West Bay and Bothenhampton communities aware of the issue, understand the risks and give comments about future possible options. The project team then set to work on considering feasible options for the area with the input of the comments from the event. The documents below detail the FAQs and responses to the questions and comments given at this consultation event.

 Frequently Asked Questions – March 2016

 Responses to March 2016 Public Consultation Questions

This was followed by a consultation event on the 20 October 2016 to look at the different options and get feedback from the community on the most and least preferred options. Below is the presentation of the options given at this event.

West Bay Coastal Defence Presentation – 20th October 2016

On the 23 March 2017 an all day drop in event was held for the community to view the proposed schemes and talk to staff.

On the 19th July 2018 another drop in event took place to allow the community to view how the proposed schemes have progressed and to talk to staff. The response to comments from this consultation can be found in the document below.

Responses to July 2018 Public Consultation Comments

A drop in event was held on Wednesday 13th February 2019 for the community to find out more about the planned coastal defence works for the engineers and project managers. 


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