cropped-img_3504-21.jpgDue to the Coronavirus the Community Forum like many organisations is unable to function as normal at the moment. However we haven’t gone away and are instead focusing on relaying information to our members and the local population and keeping in touch with other organisations and bodies such as the local councils and police.

Please find below a link to the Bridport Town Council website, where you will find a directory of local businesses who are providing goods and services and other support information. Town Council website

Please support local businesses wherever you can in these challenging times and help them to survive.

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We are currently running a survey to find out what residents and visitors think are the main issues that West Bay Community Forum should be taking up in the future. Nothing is achieved easily or overnight but knowing what people think is important and worth working on is a good first step !

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Welcome to West Bay Community Forum’s website. We strive to represent the views of the West Bay Community and work together with public bodies and businesses to improve the quality of life for those who live, work or visit here.

This page is updated with news stories, when something of public interest arises.

We’ll shortly be holding a survey to get views on what projects local people want to see taken forward in the Bay, look out for details.


West Bay Flood Defence Works – Update 5/6/19

This message was received today from the Communications Officer for the works :

I am writing to give you an update about the vital ongoing sea defence work at West Bay, which is being carried out by Dorset Council and the Environment Agency. The works are on course to be completed next month and we expect to re-open the beaches before mid-July. We apologise for any disturbance, while the works are ongoing.

 Work on the new groyne at West Beach has to be carried out at low tide, which means some night working. Please bear with us and apologies.

 Currently working hours for East Beach are 6am-6pm. On West Beach two shifts are taking place in a 24 hour period, based around low tides, with the contractor starting two hours before and then working until four hours after low tide. This means working 6 hours on and 6 hours off.

 Our latest post about the project is available here:



Please find below the timeline for the Flood Defence works, we understand that 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 13th June, 1.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Thursday 27th June, 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Queries, requests and comments may also be sent to


WBCI-timeline-27-02-19-2-712x1024West Bay Flood Defence Scheme Update – Change of Timetable, etc.

We have been advised today (6 Feb.) that the Environment Agency and West Dorset District Council are co-hosting a drop-in event for businesses, residents and people wanting to know more about the planned coastal defence improvement works for West Bay.

The event will be held at the Salt House in West Bay on the 13th February between 2-7pm where contractors, engineers and project managers who will be constructing the works will be on hand to answer questions.  Further details of the event can be seen in this link.


There will also be representatives from the Dorset Coastal Connections projects to update on the Coastal Community Funded projects – the Welcome Hub, Cycle Access from West Bay to Bothenhampton and the East Beach Access/Boardwalk.  See this website for more information about these projects.


Flood Defence Works to start in the New Year ?

The West Bay Coastal defence scheme involves flood defence works within West Bay, that include repairs and strengthening to the existing groyne and construction of a new stub groyne on West Beach, beach recharge, strengthening the property wall on the northern side of the road running along the promenade. the construction of a buried rock core within East Beach, raising and strengthening the riverside bank within the Park Dean holiday camp. These works which are jointly being overseen by the Environment Agency and West Dorset District Council are anticipated to start in early 2019.

We are very supportive of the scheme, as it will reduce (but not eliminate) flood risks to West Bay. However, we want any disruptive impacts to residents of additional noise, vehicle movements, dust, etc. during the construction phase to be mitigated wherever possible. We understand that some work will cease during the peak holiday season. We have also asked for assurances, which we’ve received the Environment Agency and their contractors will have a single point of contact, whose details will be available on site notices, so that residents and businesses will know who to get in touch with if there are problems.