Dorset Harbours Strategy

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The Dorset Harbours Committee are developing a Dorset Harbours Strategy to provide direction as to how Bridport, Lyme Regis and Weymouth 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 Harbours Committee is responsible for exercising functions as the harbour authority. The strategy will be owned by Dorset Council and is implemented by Dorset 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 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?

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 will be available on Monday 11 October and will be open for 8 weeks, 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 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.

The Dorset Harbours Committee are developing a Dorset Harbours Strategy to provide direction as to how Bridport, Lyme Regis and Weymouth 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 Harbours Committee is responsible for exercising functions as the harbour authority. The strategy will be owned by Dorset Council and is implemented by Dorset 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 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?

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 will be available on Monday 11 October and will be open for 8 weeks, 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 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.

  • The Dorset Council Harbours Committee are developing a Dorset Council Harbours Strategy to help guide how the Weymouth, Lyme Regis and Bridport Harbours will develop over the next 10 years.

    Dorset Coast Forum (DCF) have been appointed to assist with the development of the strategy and have formed a sub-group of the Dorset Council Harbours Committee to formulate the strategy. This draft strategy is based on feedback from a public survey and targeted stakeholder feedback, as well as desk-based research and council officer input. 

    Representatives from the Dorset Harbours Consultative Groups have had the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft strategy and we would now like your feedback from the wider public before it is taken to the Dorset Council Harbours Committee for final approval.

    Download the Draft Dorset Council Harbours Strategy. 

    Please read the draft strategy document and then complete this survey - it will take approximately 15- 20 minutes to complete.

    The survey will have three sections:

    • Section One will ask you about the strategic goals
    • Section Two will ask you about the specific actions to reach those strategic goals
    • Section Three will ask you if you have any general comments you would like to make about the strategy

    This survey will close for comments on Sunday 5th December 2021.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    This survey closed on Sunday 11th October 2020.

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