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What a difference a week makes - storm clean up under way at Lyme Regis

By WMNlynbarton  |  Posted: February 20, 2014

  • Lyme Regis Cobb after the storms

  • Lyme Regis Cobb after the storms. Photo by Richard Austin

  • Lyme Regis Cobb after the storms. Photo by Richard Austin

  • Lyme Regis harbour gets a battering during the worst of the storms. Photo by Richard Austin

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Storm battered Lyme Regis is already starting to put the miserable weather of the last few weeks behind it as the clean up operation gets into full swing.

The lovely town’s historic Cobb has been the scene of a concerted effort to restore it to its former glory.

West Dorset District Council said damage assessment was ongoing, but council leader Robert Gould said it was thought that defences had largely done their job.

He said: “The severe weather we have experienced lately is unprecedented but it is reassuring to know how well our beach and sea defences have held up in the storms.

“The district council’s engineering team will continue to monitor the condition of the harbours, sea walls and coastal slopes.

“Beaches have been surveyed and the need for replenishment and re-shaping is being assessed.

“We are also working hard with other agencies to clear up the sea front and harbour areas at West Bay and Lyme Regis and carry out the necessary repairs.”

West Dorset District Council said members of the public should still watch out for damage causing an uneven surface to the lower walkway of the Cobb.

Meanwhile at Gun Cliff Walk the damage to the steps down to the foreshore and the handrails is scheduled for repair as soon as possible.

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