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

"Destination Lydney Harbour" is awarded funding!

The Lydney Coastal Community Team (LCCT) have been successful in their bid for £2.1M from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund. The fund helps to develop and improve local attractions, create jobs and promote socio-economic growth in Coastal Communities. The money will be used to enhance Lydney Harbour and surrounding areas.

The ‘Destination Lydney Harbour’ project will create safe, attractive transport routes into the harbour and develop the area as a recreation and tourism destination. This includes improved signage, a new public art installation and an arts-based walking trail. Existing buildings will be upgraded with new toilets, a heritage information point and a new café. Mooring and seating points will be installed and improvements made to cycle routes, highway and station approaches and canal and harbour docks. Also planned is a community rowing boat building project.

The bid was submitted at the end of January 2019 and funding was finally confirmed in September.

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

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