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).
UPDATE – We have just been advised that a further drop-in event will be held in the Salthouse on 23rd March 2017.
For those who were unable to attend the presentations held at the Salt House (including myself) a local resident has kindly passed us a copy of the slide presentation and frequently asked questions.
We have included a link to the presentation here presentation-on-wbci-possible-options-oct-2016
and the frequently asked questions here frequently-asked-questions-wbci
We have asked the Environment Agency/West Dorset District Council to conduct further consultation locally when they have a better idea, which options are most likely to go forward. They have assured us that there will be further meetings locally, possibly later this winter.
You may recall that about a year ago the Dorset Coast Forum hosted an event at the Salthouse at which the Environment Agency and West Dorset District Council were present.
We’ve just heard that a follow up event with their proposed options is to be held next Thursday 20th October. It is short notice.
I’ve attached a flyer that they have distributed and would encourage local residents to attend one of the two meetings, if they can.