Update from Project Manager Julie Peters
"Following many years of evaluation and consultation a plan to address coastal erosion at Middle Beach has been agreed. The plan has been formulated in line with community feedback, specifically for there to be no interruption in catering services at Middle Beach whilst the undercliff is re-profiled and for the beautiful view of the bay and Old Harry Rocks to be observable to all visitors as and when they seek refreshments.
The plan will see a temporary catering unit sited on the cliff top. The unit will be movable to accommodate future coastal change and timber clad to ensure that it relates to the natural / wild feel of the surroundings. It will be positioned in the northeast area of the car park. The area will be landscaped with seating so that views can be enjoyed and screened to protect visitors from dust from the car park.
Access to and from the beach will be improved. The Zig Zag path will be re-enforced and re-directed behind the existing beach huts to arrive at the lower combe in the form of a wooden boardwalk.
It is anticipated this arrangement will serve Middle Beach visitors from early 2023 and be in place for 1-2 years whilst the plan to remove the buildings and reprofile the undercliff is initiated. During this time, plans to develop a permanent catering solution will be finalised and implemented in line with the Environment Agency Shoreline Management Plan, the National Trust Master Plan for Studland and in partnership with the local community.”