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Destination Lydney Harbour

Our ambition is to see a range of improvements to the docks and harbour in order to drive growth, improve the experience for users of the harbour, and increase jobs and prosperity in the town. 

Destination Lydney Harbour

The Lydney Coastal Community Team (LCCT) is an informal partnership made up of several bodies and individuals with a desire to see Lydney Harbour thrive. The team’s long term vision is taken from the Lydney Neighbourhood Development Plan: “The vision is to develop Lydney over the next 10 years and beyond as a thriving, prosperous, safe, integrated and attractive market town, serving its rural hinterland and as a centre from which to visit the area’s attractions.”

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Coastal Community-funded ‘Destination Lydney Harbour’ project aims to create safe, attractive transport routes into Lydney harbour and develop the area as a recreation and tourism destination. The new Visitor Information Hub will formally open to the public along with the new public facilities and brand new café in autumn 2021. The wider site heritage interpretation and wayfinding is undergoing its final round of design, with a planning application and scheduled monument consent having been submitted for its installation.

We have completed the installation of bespoke ornate railings to complement the Cookson Terrace and Railway Terrace listed buildings on Harbour Road and a planting scheme will commence shortly. Highway Improvements (consisting of the construction of a lit footpath and resurfacing works) will also be underway shortly.

Artists Denman and Gould have been commissioned to develop a series of public artworks for Lydney Harbour. The permanent artworks will further enhance the visitor experience of the harbour and encourage visitors to arrive by car, foot and cycle. The artworks will reflect the heavy industrial heritage of the Forest of Dean and the part the harbour played in the extraction of material to far off places. Contemporary silhouettes of historical structures now lost to time will be reconstructed to allude to the rich industrial heritage of the site.

Lydney Skiff, our boat building community scheme, has been constituted as a Community Interest Company with an active group of directors. Due to the coronavirus pandemic the project has been delayed but it is now hoped that suitable premises can be found for the construction of a 22ft St Ayles skiff (rowing boat) by members of the community.

See in news:

Swing Bridge Refurbishment

The Lydney Coastal Community Team (LCCT) successfully applied for £50,000 to support access improvements at the docks and harbour. The team’s first project has been to refurbish the historic swing bridge.

Local firm Mabey Bridge completed the restoration works which saw the bridge back into full working order in May 2017.

Lydney Harbour Sea Gates Repair 

The Environment Agency are looking to carry out this repair as part of associated harbour works. They are currently seeking funding. The Lydney Coastal Communities Team (LCCT) successfully bid for £50K towards the Sea Gate Repair from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) Coastal Revival Fund.  

Lydney Recreation Study

In response to development proposals (Planning Allocations & Planning Applications), working with the Lydney Coastal Communities Team, we commissioned a recreation study to assess the potential for adverse effects from increased recreational activity in Lydney area on the Severn Estuary European Designated Site.

 The study is divided into parts:

  1. A Bird Report  evaluating bird usage of the new grounds area in relation to the Severn Estuary designated site and;
  2. A Recreation Survey and strategy as to currently and future levels of disturbance together with mitigation options.