Nine week' work to revamp a busy public space started today at West Bay.

The area outside The George pub is being redeveloped.

The works, funded by the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF), will start by demolishing the old concreted-in flower beds on the turning circle, and preparing the ground for the new surfacing and bespoke, artist-designed seating which will follow in the coming weeks.

During the works, an area of The George car park will be closed to the public and there will be no motorcycle parking available in George Square as it will be cordoned off for the works. Alternative motorcycle parking at East Pier will be provided at weekends and bank holidays only.

Dorset Council has requested motorcyclists 'respect the signage in place and find alternative space in the main car parks at other times.'

Project lead, Sally King, from Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), said: “We would like to thank businesses, residents and visitors for their understanding and patience whilst the works are carried out. It’s unfortunate that some disruption is inevitable for a large project like this, but the team have worked hard to minimise it where possible. We think the re-vamped space will be well worth it when it’s finished, and will provide a lovely space in the centre of West Bay to soak in the atmosphere of everything this beautiful area has to offer.”

The project team for these works is liaising with Dorset Council and the Environment Agency, which is also working in West Bay, to 'make sure the combined works create as little disruption as possible to the residents and businesses of and visitors to West Bay.'

The works at George Square are due to continue for nine weeks.

The redevelopment project is being led by Dorset AONB, with partners from Dorset Council, Bridport Town Council, Dorset Coast Forum and the Arts Development Company.

Renowned artist Michael Pinsky RA has been commissioned to design the bespoke seating working with Aileen Shackell Landscape Design; the seating will provide views around the site, with space in the centre which could be used for community events.