14 June 2022

Access to sand beach affected as dredging works take place

Access to sand beach affected as dredging works take place

LYME’S sandy beach will be closed or access will be restricted while essential harbour dredging and beach replenishment works take place.

Dorset Council is carrying out the essential annual dredging works in the harbour between Monday 13 and Friday 24 June and depositing the material on the sand beach.

This means the beach will be closed to the public completely from Monday 13 June, with plans to re-open the majority of the area from the evening of Friday 17 June.

From Saturday 18 June, all access points to the beach will be open, except from the main ramp next to the groyne between the sand and pebble beaches.

The dredger will also be depositing material on the beach over the weekend but this will not restrict access and there will be no heavy plant operating.

The public are advised to stay well clear of the discharge pipeline as it could start discharging at any point.

From Monday 20 June, heavy plant will be on the beach moving dredge material to the northern corner of the beach so parts of the beach will be closed as the machinery moves around.

Banksmen will be present and barriers will be in place to advise the public of the restricted areas.

Providing the weather conditions remain good and the dredger makes good progress, the works are expected to be finished by Friday 24 June.

All other beaches in Lyme Regis remain open during the works, including the pebble section of Front Beach, Monmouth Beach, Church Cliff Beach and East Beach.