Portland partnership to regenerate waterfront

Portland Community Partnership is set to start regenerating the West Weares and Chesil Cove area in Dorset.

As part of the Neighbourhood Planning process, the Portland Community Partnership consulted with the local community to gain an insight into the economic, social and environmental concerns being faced on the Island by residents and businesses.

One area highlighted was the West Weares and Chesil Cove area and the need for it to be improved.

The PCP’s Coastal Community Team successfully bid for £50,000 grant funding from the national Coastal Communities Revival Fund to use to regenerate this part of the island, creating a sense of place for residents and visitors.

The Portland Coastal Community Team will now use this funding to start to regenerate this area by building on its heritage and natural environment. The same approach will be taken in showcasing the waterfront’s distinctive identity and charm.

Grant funding will cover the scrub clearance works which is already happening making the area more accessible.

Low maintenance Portland stone benches will be installed, and feasibility studies conducted for a new lighting scheme along the sea wall and a wall mounted mural explaining the history of the Cove along with some new railings.

This initial work is part of the recently launched wider Future Portland: Economic Plan.

Working with the private sector and community, the partnerhip aims to attract further substantial funding to address local needs as well as creating investment opportunities especially helping to retain and grow existing businesses.

During March there will be an opportunity for local people to help by with the West Weares and Cove project by joining a volunteer clean-up day which will focus on the footpath leading from Clovens Road down to the seawall.

Anybody interesting in coming along should register their interest by emailing portlandcommuniytpartnership@gmail.com or calling 01305 826440.

(Source: Portland Community Partnership)