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Coast protection in West Dorset

West Dorset has approximately 44 kilometres (27 miles) of coast. About 4 kilometres of this is protected by coastal protection schemes.

West Dorset District Council has responsibilities for the management of coast protection along its coastline. That is protection of the land from erosion by the sea. Various strategies are used for managing the erosion along different parts of the coast and these are set out in the  shoreline management plans.

Completed schemes

Ringstead Bay

The scheme comprised a new rock groyne together with a new slipway and beach replenishment. New cut off drains with improved stream and ditches were also constructed. The district council monitors the beach profile and will regrade or replenish the beach as necessary.


The scheme comprised cliff drainage and rock armour placed against the existing soft cliffs.


The scheme comprised a new stepped sea wall and rock groyne.

Lyme Regis

The works included:

  • construction of sea walls and promenades
  • beaches were 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

The overall scheme provides long-term coast protection through a major programme of engineering works. For further information please see:

West Bay

The works included:

  • building a new Western Pier with rock armour protection
  • demolishing the majority of the existing western pier
  • strengthening the existing eastern pier
  • providing new rock groynes and beach replenishment
  • building a new slipway

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