Lydney Docks & Harbour

Lydney Coastal Community Team

By working together in partnership the District Council, Lydney Town Council and Environment Agency secured £10,000 from the Government to establish a Coastal Community Team.

Lydney has joined 115 other Coastal Community Teams in the UK and will be seeking to increase the tourism and recreational potential of Lydney Harbour.

The team is a multi-partnership group with membership representing interests at the local, district and county level.  The team operates through a two tier structure consisting of an Executive Group and a Stakeholder Group.  The Executive Group is the decision making body, with the Stakeholder Group being an advisory informal partnership.  The Environment Agency chair both groups. 

Both the Executive Group and Stakeholder Group meet on a quarterly basis.

Economic Plan

The team have also endorsed an Economic Plan to guide the team’s activity. The team’s ambition is to see a range of improvements to the docks and harbour in order to drive growth, improve the experience for users of the harbour, whether on foot or afloat and increase jobs and prosperity in the town.

Lydney Coastal Community Team Economic Plan 2019

Swing Bridge Refurbishment

The team successfully applied for £50,000 to support access improvements at the docks and harbour. The team’s first project has been to refurbish the historic swing bridge.

Local firm Mabey Bridge completed the restoration works which saw the bridge back into full working order in May 2017.

Lydney Swing Bridge Before Lydney Swing Bridge Removal Lydney Swing Bridge Lifting CraneCompleted swing bridge Completed swing bridge

Coastal Community Fund Bid

The Coastal Community Team recently submitted a bid to the Coastal Community Fund (Round 5) for £1.9m to improve the harbour and its access.

The project aim is to attract increased visitor numbers to discover the hidden gem of Lydney Harbour and Docks, through improvement to the public realm, facilities, access and a programme for the phased dredging of the canal.

The bid includes the following:

  • Highway Improvements, to include re-surfacing, a new footpath and lighting.
  • Building Refurbishment for the creation of new toilet facilities, a Visitor Information Point and installation of a cafe
  • Phased de-silting of the canal
  • Creation of a shared cycle and pedestrian track
  • Landscape and Environmental Improvements, to include new lighting, signage, boundary treatments and planting.

We are waiting to hear whether the bid has been successful and we'll update this page when we do.

Lydney Recreation Study

In response to development proposals (Planning Allocations & Planning Applications), working with the Lydney Coastal Communities Team, the Forest of Dean District Council commissioned a recreation study to assess the potential for adverse effects from increased recreational activity in Lydney area on the Severn Estuary European Designated Site:

 The study is divided into parts:

  1. A Bird Report  evaluating bird usage of the new grounds area in relation to the Severn Estuary designated site and;
  2. A Recreation Survey and strategy as to currently and future levels of disturbance together with mitigation options.

Lydney Harbour Area Recreation Study

Lydney New Grounds Bird Report May 2017