Christmas approaches !

As usual at this time of year we tend to start thinking about Christmas and it is pleasing to be able to use this website promote some seasonal events, including an annual lighting up of the West Bay Christmas Tree on 3rd December – please see our events page for details of those taking place in early December.

The Forum has made representations regularly about the condition (lack of cleaning) of the public toilets in West Bay and were not surprised to learn that the current contractor is pulling out in the new year. We would like to see the management of public toilets transferred to Bridport Town Council, who we believe are much better placed to ensure a reliable cleaning regime is in place.

methodist church

You may have noticed that the former West Bay Methodist Church – the Chapel on the Beach, has been fenced off. This is to allow work on the building to take place and the main contractors will hopefully be on-site early in the New Year. The plans to create a Discovery Centre for West Bay are being taken forward by the Bridport Area Development Trust and they have recently engaged Design Consultants Smith and Jones (who recently worked on Bridport Museum) to help plan the interior of the building. We hope to be able to share some of their initial ideas with Forum members shortly.

Three other projects in West Bay, funded by the Coastal Communities Fund are being co-ordinated by the Dorset Coast Forum. These are a redesign of the area opposite the George to create a “Welcome Zone”, the creation of a viewing platform and access that can be used by the disabled onto East Beach and improvements to the surface of the railway walk/cycletrack to Bridport. You may recall two consultation events were held at the Salthouse during the summer and we hope to have more details of these projects to share with you shortly.

Finally we were delighted to attend a book launch recently of “Seabird” a photographic account of the fishing community in West Bay.  The book and over 250 photos in it are the work of Damian Bird. The book is available from Damian Bird photography or Waterstones bookshop.

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