Lydney Harbour project team shipshape and ready to set sail
Forest of Dean District Council’s Regeneration Officer, Richard Morgan and new recruit Rose Farrington, Community Projects Leader, are heading up the ‘Destination Lydney Harbour’ team.
The £2.1M project will create safe, attractive transport routes into Lydney Harbour and develop the area as a recreation and tourism destination. Existing buildings will be upgraded with new toilets, a heritage information point and a new café will be installed. Mooring and seating points will be installed and improvements made to cycle routes, highway and station approaches. Signage will be improved and a new public art installation will welcome visitors to the site. A community rowing boat building project is also planned – bringing this traditional craft back to Severnside.
Richard will coordinate the Destination Lydney Harbour project, overseeing a team which will include builders, landscapers and designers. Meanwhile, Rose will lead on the Signage and Public Art, Boat Building and Walking Trail elements.
Rose Farrington comes to the District Council from Herefordshire Wildlife Trust where she managed a National Lottery Heritage Fund project looking into the history of Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum. She’s looking forward to using her skills in arts commissioning, developing heritage trails and working with volunteers. Both Richard and Rose will provide a regular progress report to the Lydney Coastal Community Team (LCCT).
Cllr Richard Leppington says: “I see this project being a real jewel in the crown for Lydney. I am looking forward to working with Richard and Rose to take this project through to completion. I’m very excited about getting the infrastructure, in terms of the cafe and toilets, in place to enable it to be even more accessible for visitors.“
The team are delighted to have secured the expertise of Gloucestershire County Council’s Highways Department who will deliver the Harbour Road improvements, these are to include road resurfacing, creating a footpath and installing appropriate lighting.