DREDGING works in West Bay and Lyme Regis are set to being this weekend.

West Dorset District Council will carry out the annual work in time for the busy summer season.

The work at West Bay will being on Saturday (11) and last for eight days. No night shift work will be required to take place.

West Bay’s dredging works will be carried out using a large hydraulic pump. Large pipes from the pump will run alongside and over the main pier, replenishing West Beach. This takes away the need to close the esplanade for dump truck usage. The main pier will remain open to the public but West Beach will be closed to the public.

Works will begin in Lyme Regis on Saturday, March 20 and will last for 10 days, with no night shift work required.

Works in Lyme Regis will also be carried out using a large hydraulic pump, with pipes running from the excavator through to dump trucks located on the beach. Dump trucks will be in operation replenishing the beach requiring sections to be closed off to the public. The promenade will remain open throughout the works.

Banksmen will be on site for both sets of work to ensure public safety.

Cllr John Russell, West Dorset District Council’s executive portfolio holder for environmental protection and assets, said: “These works are essential for maintaining the day-to-day running of both harbours, and ensures the beaches are fully replenished for residents and visitors to enjoy in the warmer months.

“Times and dates for these works are dictated by the tide schedule. We have avoided school half-term and Easter weekend to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.”

Members of the public are urged to pay attention to warning messages during the closure of certain areas. Work is also taking place to sure up West Bay Harbour. The work, costing around £550,000, will strengthen the quay walls at West Bay's deep water berth.