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Lymington Quay - Upgrade of facilities - Seeking your views

Working in partnership, New Forest District Council (NFDC), Lymington and Pennington Town Council and the Lymington Harbour Commission are looking into improving the facilities on Lymington Quay. As part of developing our plans, we want to involve local residents, businesses, river users and visitors. We would like to better understand how you use the quayside and what you think could be improved. We hope you can help us by answering a few questions.

teal bullet 22 October 2019: Read summary of consultation results 

24 September 2019:  This survey has now closed.  Results summary will be posted here when available.

Please tell us what you think

Please read the background information below, and then give us your views by answering a few questions (you will find the survey link at the foot of this page) to help us understand how you use the Quayside and what you think could be improved. 

Deadline for submission: Midnight on Monday 23 September 2019.

Lymington Quay  

Image: NFDC toilet block at Lymington Quay

The area Lymington Quay is one of the town's main retail and visitor focal points. Situated at the eastern end of the historic centre, it is a thriving part of town, particularly during the holiday months. The area, arranged around an attractive quayside and public space, includes a mix of residential, retail, restaurant, business and holiday uses attracting shoppers, tourists and river users, including fishermen and sailors. The quayside is home to a number of waterside activities with fishing, boating, crabbing and other harbourside uses clustering around the waterfront. 

The Quay itself contains two car parks, the slipway, the highway owned by Hampshire County Council (whom proposals will be shared), flood defence wall and the public toilet block which includes showers for visiting boat users. The quayside forms an important part of the flood defences of the town with the public toilets included within this structure.

In looking to improve the facilities at Lymington Quay, the partners have the following aims:

New Forest District Council (NFDC)

The site offers public conveniences and both 30 short stay and 24 long stay car parking spaces maintained by NFDC. Both are well used facilities, with the toilets receiving around 200,000 visitors a year.  The public toilets are due to be upgraded as part of our modernisation programme.

This provides an opportunity to ensure that they are of an appropriate high standard and meet the current and future needs of users of this area, as well as maintaining the flood defences of the town.

Available budget: £350,000


Lymington and Pennington Town Council

Lymington and Pennington Town Council see the opportunity to enhance an attractive destination within the town for both residents and tourists.

By transforming the car parking space into mixed use, it could give an area of open space for events and markets, removing the visual sea of cars from Quay Hill and instead allowing for a direct view of the beauty of the Quay.

This opportunity could redefine and energise the Quay, generating a positive impact on the local economy.

Available budget: £100,000


Lymington Harbour Commission

The Lymington Harbour Commission currently provides shower and washroom facilities for visiting yachtsmen and women, located within the NFDC toilet block. This facility is currently used by an estimated 12,000 visiting crew annually.

They are keen to upgrade these facilities to meet an expected increase in use when new pontoons are installed in 2020. In addition, an upgrade to the standard expected by modern yachtsmen and women would enable Lymington to continue to compete with other destinations such as Yarmouth, Cowes and Beaulieu, which have all invested in better facilities.

Any improved facilities will also need to accommodate an area to discreetly store waste bins and a secure area for electronic equipment (CCTV & WiFi).

Available budget: £175,000

Lymington Quay engagement process - timescale

July 2019 - Partners set out their objectives, as well as setting a clear framework for community engagement and feedback.

August/September 2019  - Engage over a six week period with the community and interested parties to understand local views. 

October 2019 - The partners will review findings and agree project parameters, priorities and a new project brief.  

November 2019 - Develop viable options and hold a public exhibition.

December 2019 - Establish the preferred way forward and work up a draft proposal for the site, which will be presented back to the community.

January/February 2020 - Full planning application submitted and formal statutory consultation period providing final opportunity for public engagement.

Autumn 2020 - Works due to commence

teal bullet  Survey (LINK): This survey has now closed


Updated: 22 Oct 2019
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