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Lyme Regis coast protection works

Lyme Regis is located on an actively eroding stretch of the West Dorset coast and faces considerable challenges from coastal erosion and landslipping. Problems have been particularly serious during the last 100 years, with many properties destroyed or damaged, erosion of the foreshore and major breaches of the sea walls.

The Lyme Regis Coast Protection Scheme was initiated by West Dorset District Council in the early 1990s. It aims to provide long-term coast protection for the town and to reduce damage and disruption caused by landslipping, through a long-term programme of engineering works.

Earlier phases, funded mainly by Defra, saw the construction of sea walls and promenades. Beaches were also replenished and slope stabilisation works carried out. Sewage treatment was provided in partnership with South West Water. Cobb Road was stabilised and improved by working with Dorset County Council.

Phase IV is the last major part of the coast protection and coastal slope stabilisation work under Lyme Regis Environmental Improvements Scheme, which was devised in the early 1990s by West Dorset District Council working in cooperation with the town council and local groups.

The overall scheme provides long-term coast protection through a major programme of engineering works.

For further information please see:

Notes on Lyme Regis environmental improvements (pdf, 27kb) (opens in a new window)

Lyme Regis Environmental Improvements Strategy Plan (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)

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