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.