‘Help us devise masterplan for seafront’

RESIDENTS are being urged to have their say over the future of Swanage seafront.
Swanage Town Council (STC) is working with the Dorset Coast Forum to create a Swanage Seafront Masterplan.

The document is a long-term working strategy that will provide a vision to inform the future management of the seafront, covering the area from Swanage Pier to the stream at Ocean Bay and including green spaces, seafront areas and the beach.
During the current phase of the project, the Dorset Coast Forum is seeking the views of residents, visitors, and businesses as to how the seafront can be improved.
Cllr Mike Bonfield, STC’s strategy lead, said: “It’s all about what people – locals, businesses and visitors – would like to see in the future for the seafront. It’s a long-term plan so it all won’t happen in a year but we’re starting with finding out what people want.
“I really would urge everyone to fill in the survey as this is the chance to get in early to give us your ideas and make your views known.”
People can fill in a dedicated survey, which asks you for views on the masterplan, online at Paper copies of the survey are available from Swanage Library and Information Centre.
Swanage Seafront
Meanwhile, a range of events are being held to raise awareness of the scheme and to encourage people to take part. They are:
November 26: Swanage Switch on the Lights – Seafront Masterplan stall.
November 29: Seafront Masterplan Workshop – calling all the creative people in Swanage! Herston Village Hall 5.30pm-7pm. Sign up via Eventbrite.
December 1: Seafront Masterplan Workshop – calling all the business owners and entrepreneurs in Swanage! Emmanuel Baptist Church 5.30pm-7pm. Sign up via Eventbrite.
December 3: Swanage Rotary Christmas Market – find out the latest Coastal Protection Scheme news.
December 13: Sustainable Swanage Volunteer drop-in, 7pm-8.30pm, Herston Village Hall.

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