West Dorset District Council (WDDC) has announced that it has appointed Dean and Dyball Civil Engineering to carry out the next stage of ground stabilisation work in Lyme Regis.
Dean and Dyball will undertake the detailed design and construction ofPhase 4 of the Lyme Regis Environmental Improvements Scheme, which includes construction of 390m of new sea wall and extensive slope stabilisation work. Phase 4 is the last major part of the Lyme Regis Coast Protection Scheme, which was devised in the early 1990s by WDDC.
“The scheme will protect the eastern side of Lyme Regis,” said WDDC leader Robert Gould. “Without it, substantial areas of housing and the main road into the town would be lost over the next 50 years.
According to WDDC, the work will protect 480 homes from landslip damage and 900m of Charmouth Road and Church Street from landslips caused by coastal erosion.
Funding for the project was secured in March this year when Defra agreed to contribute £14.6M to the work. WDDC will pay £600,000 towards the project, while Dorset County Council has agreed to contribute £4.27M.
Preliminary work at the site including ecological surveys, ground investigations and treatment of Japanese Knotweed has already got underway but the main construction won’t start until spring next year. The main construction phase is expected to take about two years to complete.