Bridport Area Development Trust which now owns the West Bay Methodist Church (“The Chapel on the Beach”) is developing plans to convert it into a Visitor Centre providing information about the history and environment of West Bay and the surrounding area. The Trust has recently submitted a Listed Building application WD/D/15/001833 to West Dorset District Council for permission to proceed with the necessary conservation works to this historic Grade II Listed building.
Last year, the Trust opened the Methodist Church during August and September when a number of display boards, and exhibits loaned by Bridport Museum, explored a number of topics relating to West Bay and the Church building itself. The Church had over 1600 visitors during this summer period who provided some very positive and useful comments.
The Trust has now developed a questionnaire to consult Bridport area residents and visitors on what they would find attractive in the converted Church, and launched this questionnaire at the Melplash Show.
The Trust will also be holding a public consultation session at the Salt House, West Bay during Architectural Heritage Week. This session will run from 2.00pm to 7.00pm on Wednesday 9 September 2015. Please come along on the day to look at the Trust’s plans for the Church, let us have your views and feedback via the questionnaire, and see how you may be able to help.
Your views are very important to the success of this project.
The questionnaire can also be completed online here.