Come and watch the boats being put back into the Harbour and join us for a coffee !
There is a consultation event at the Salthouse, between 10am-4pm this Thursday, 1sr February on planned improvements by WDDC to the surface of the West Bay Road, Station Yard and Bridport Arms car parks.
The Forum has long supported the need for improvements to these car parks to improve their safety, accommodate the maximum number of vehicles possible and enhance their appearance. We hope the schemes put forward will achieve this (there are two options for the Station Yard Car Park), but it is obviously open to those attending the exhibition to make their own judgements as well as suggesting any things, such as signage for example, that could also be improved at the same time.
The attached poster gives details of the event.W Bay Proposed Plans promo
Happy Christmas to everyone who lives in, visits or just plain loves West Bay !
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.
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.
If you are not currently a member of the Forum please see the how to join page and keep up to date with everything that is going on in West Bay.
We hope you’ve had a good summer. The weather has been unpredictable but maybe September will give us a flourish before autumn comes around.
The Community Forum continues to work on a number of issues. Not surprisingly car parking is one. At peak times not everyone who visits West Bay is going to be able to park and there is a limit to how much car parking can be physically be provided in any case.
What we want is to avoid the situation where car users put other peoples safety at risk by parking dangerously, whether it is in car parks or on the highway. We are working with the authorities on this and also to avoid improper use of car parks, such as overnight stays by motor homes.
We continue to press for early implementation of restrictions on Marsh Barn Road and for better signage around West Bay, for example at the Harbour Bridge.
It has been good to see the harbour wall strengthening works completed and this part of the quayside has been made more attractive as a result of the works. Once again the planting and floral boats around the harbour have been nicely maintained by the Harbourmaster’s staff. Our lobster pot planting outside the Salthouse has made a small contribution to the floral displays. We have also recently carried out some “emergency” tidying up in the planted area behind West Bay Road toilets, which was looking a disgrace with brambles etc. The railways station borders are still looking good and there should be a late show of roses.
We’ll post more news here in due course.
Local residents and harbour users may be aware that the section of the harbour wall, known as the deep water berth has been subject to problems for over a decade. The quay wall has been undermined largely by the action of water released from the sluices and repairs have only been temporary in nature leaving the risk of the whole structure collapsing at some point.
Work started in February on a scheme that will improve the long-term stability of the wall. We have attached a link from this page to a presentation from West Dorset District Council which provides an outline of the work proposed.
In 2015 the RNLI volunteer crews rescued over 20 people a day and saved over 400 lives at sea.
On Thursday 2nd March West Bay Community Forum are hosting a talk about the history of the RNLI and the organisation’s local connections.
The talk starts at 7.30pm at the Salthouse, West Bay and is open to all (donations to the RNLI).