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Destination Lydney Harbour

Artist sought to deliver public artwork for Lydney Harbour in the Forest of Dean

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) have been successful in their bid for £2.1 million from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund. The money will be used to enhance Lydney Harbour and surrounding areas.

Construction work for the project has now started. The buildings currently being upgraded are the old mortuary and store buildings which will become the new accessible toilets and heritage information point. Alongside these existing buildings will be the new café building that will serve light refreshments to visitors.

The ‘Destination Lydney Harbour’ project will create safe, attractive transport routes into the harbour and develop the area as a recreation and tourism destination. This includes improved signage, a new public art installation and an arts-based walking trail. Existing buildings will be upgraded with new toilets, a heritage information point and a new café. Mooring and seating points will be installed and improvements made to cycle routes, highway and station approaches and canal and harbour docks. We are also planning a community rowing boat building project.

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.