Lydney Docks & Harbour
Lydney Coastal Community Team
By working together in partnership the District Council, Lydney Town Council and Environment Agency secured £10,000 from the Government to establish a Coastal Community Team.
Lydney has joined 115 other Coastal Community Teams in the UK and will be seeking to increase the tourism and recreational potential of Lydney Harbour.
The team is a multi-partnership group with membership representing interests at the local, district and county level. The team operates through a two tier structure consisting of an Executive Group and a Stakeholder Group. The Executive Group is the decision making body, with the Stakeholder Group being an advisory informal partnership. The Environment Agency chair both groups.
Both the Executive Group and Stakeholder Group meet on a quarterly basis.
The team have also endorsed an Economic Plan to guide the team’s activity. The team’s 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, whether on foot or afloat and increase jobs and prosperity in the town.
"Destination Lydney Harbour" is awarded funding!
The Lydney Coastal Community Team (LCCT) have been successful in their bid for £2.1M from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund. The fund helps to develop and improve local attractions, create jobs and promote socio-economic growth in Coastal Communities. The money will be used to enhance Lydney Harbour and surrounding areas.
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. Also planned is a community rowing boat building project.
The bid was submitted at the end of January 2019 and funding was finally confirmed in September.
District Council seeks community views for new Lydney artwork
A public consultation will take place to seek the views of the community in relation to an artwork that is planned as part of the Destination Lydney Harbour project.
The Forest of Dean District Council, who is overseeing the project on behalf of the Lydney Coastal Community Team, is working with Flow Contemporary Arts on a community consultation to ensure that the bespoke artwork/s reflect the unique heritage of the harbour and the exciting future of the site. A number of public sessions have been scheduled in March to ensure that the local community can have their say.
The first public session will take place on Wednesday 18th March with a meeting at the roadside close to the entrance to the Boating Lake, near the roundabout on A48 that leads to Lydney Station, 3pm-5pm. The second will take place on Saturday 21st March, 10am-12 noon meeting in Lydney Harbour Car Park .
PLEASE NOTE Due to growing concerns around the Coronavirus outbreak we have decided to cancel the face-to-face public art public consultation sessions mentioned above. We’d still love to hear what you think is a story worth telling about Lydney Harbour.
A short online survey can be found at https://tinyurl.com/lydneyharbourart
Swing Bridge Refurbishment
The team 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 Recreation Study
In response to development proposals (Planning Allocations & Planning Applications), working with the Lydney Coastal Communities Team, the Forest of Dean District Council 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:
- A Bird Report evaluating bird usage of the new grounds area in relation to the Severn Estuary designated site and;
- A Recreation Survey and strategy as to currently and future levels of disturbance together with mitigation options.