Jurassic Coast closures risking £111m in tourism revenue and 2,000 jobs

Jurassic Coast closures risking £111m in tourism revenue and 2,000 jobs

Published by Maria Greenwood at 10:34am 11th May 2020.

Jurassic coast tourism said to be worth £111m a year could be at risk, together with 2,000 jobs unless the coast and coast path re-opens soon.

The figures have been put on the value of the attraction to the county and neighbouring East Devon by Cabinet spokesman Cllr Ray Bryan.

He was speaking as Dorset Council backed new arrangements for the management of the world heritage site coast, together with East Devon, although one councillor was critical of the efforts of the county’s neighbour.

Cllr Ray Bryan

Cabinet spokesman Cllr Ray Bryan (pictured above) said the designation meant that everyone had an obligation to protect the coast through responsible, sustainable management practices.

He said the management and partnership plan had been widely consulted on and included policies about protection and access – although most of these were on hold because of lock-down with the consequent loss of income for both Dorset and Devon.

He said that since 2017 the Jurassic Coast Trust had taken the lead in the delivery of site management for both Dorset Council and Devon County Council – costing £120,000 a year, with £80,000 of that contributed by Dorset Council.

He said a number of other funders also contributed, some of those matching contributions pound for pound, or in some cases, in higher multiple.

Lyme Regis harbour
Lyme Regis harbour

Lyme Regis and Charmouth councillor Daryl Turner has said he is disappointed that the new management plan mentioned little in the way of marketing the coast, vital to the area’s tourism economy.

“We have one of the most values sites in the country.

"Could this element be strengthened, could there be a bigger marketing presence?” he said.