The suggestion West Bay is ‘bleak’ and in need of work has been dismissed by a councillor.

Last week, Cllr Keith Day raised concerns that the area could, and should, be more attractive if it is to draw back visitors.

But Cllr Mary Penfold, West Dorset District Council portfolio holder for Enabling, said: “I have read the comments and I’m afraid I can’t agree with them. West Bay is one of West Dorset’s greatest assets, and is often described as stunning and picturesque, with a number of visitors returning year after year to re-visit the town and harbour.

“It’s a favourite spot for many visitors: easy parking, level terrain, good access into the resort, a thriving harbour, on the World-renowned Jurassic Coast and playing host to many unique events. As well as being the chosen location for major TV productions like Broadchurch.

“The harbour itself draws many visitors to the area and is a successful working harbour, partly due to its secure, concrete foundations and walls. Over the centuries West Bay has been battered by the elements and last year we completed an ambitious scheme to strengthen and improve the harbour and West Bay’s coastal defences. The district council has added new toilets, improved car parking and created better road access. We were a key part and funder of the fantastic play area and the Dorset Coastal Communities project is providing further improvements, working with the district council.

“One of the strengths of West Bay is the way that the district and town councils have worked well together, and with the community group chaired by John West. If there are suggestions for further improvements, then we would be very pleased and open to continuing to work on these in partnership.”