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Council appoints first members of team charged with making harbour a tourist destination

A new team is on place to turn Lydney's Harbour into a destination from tourists from around the county and country.

Forest of Dean District Council have announced that regeneration officer Richard Morgan and new community projects leader Rose Farrington will head up the Destination Lydney Harbour team.

The team is part of a £2.1million project that will create safe, attractive transport routes into the Harbour and develop the area as a tourist destination.

According to the Council, Existing buildings will be upgraded with new toilets, a heritage information point and a new café will be built.

Mooring and seats will be installed and improvements made to cycle routes, highway and station approaches.

Signage will be improved and a new public art installation will welcome visitors to the site.

A community rowing boat building project is also planned - bringing this traditional craft back to the Severn.

Mr Morgan will coordinate the Destination Lydney Harbour project, overseeing a team which will include builders, landscapers and designers.

Meanwhile, Rose will lead on the signage and public art, boat building and walking trails.

Rose Farrington comes to the District Council from Herefordshire Wildlife Trust where she managed a National Lottery Heritage Fund project looking into the history of Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum.

She is looking forward to using her skills in arts commissioning, developing heritage trails and working with volunteers.

Both will provide a regular progress report to the Lydney Coastal Community Team (LCCT).

Councillor Richard Leppington said "I see this project being a real jewel in the crown for Lydney.

"I am looking forward to working with Richard and Rose to take this project through to completion.

"I am very excited about getting the infrastructure, in terms of the cafe and toilets, in place to enable it to be even more accessible for visitors."

The team are delighted to have secured the expertise of Gloucestershire County Council's Highways Department who will deliver the Harbour Road improvements.

The improvements will include road resurfacing at the Harbour end, creating a footpath and installing lighting.

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