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Dinosaur museum planned for Jurassic Coast

A meeting will take place this evening over a 60 million pound plan to turn a dis-used quarry into a dinosaur museum

The visitor centre - called Jurassica - would open on Portland in Dorset in around 2019. It would see a glass roof over the limestone quarry and include an aquarium and animatronics. Early designs have been drawn up by Renzo Piano - the same man behind the shard in London

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No work this year on Jurassic Coast steps?

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Durdle Door Credit: Lulworth Estate

A dispute over who is responsible for maintaining the steps to Durdle Doorbeach, one of the most visited parts of the Jurassic Coast, could limit access to the holiday spot this summer.

Previously, Dorset County Council had maintained the steps with Lulworth Estates. The council receives financial support for the work from Natural England - an executive non-departmental public body that is responsible to the Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs.

The Lulworth Estate says the introduction of a new Act prevents it from continuing to manage and maintain coastal access at Lulworth, including access to the beaches. They say they have contributed £45,000 to the costs in recent years.

Chief Executive of Lulworth Estates, James Weld, says “Safe access to the beaches is still possible, but not conveniently as it has been in the past."

"For the foreseeable future, I cannot see that Natural England will have the resources or the willingness to continue the level of management and maintenance that the estate has striven to provide up to now.”

In a statement, Natural England made their position clear.

"Contrary to Mr Weld’s statement, the legislation does not take land away from landowners or interfere with their freedom to manage it. The Estate has always maintained the steps down onto the beach and remains able to do so now.”

“Dorset County Council not Natural England has worked with Lulworth Estate to rebuild the Durdle Door steps each year. The steps to the beach are not part of the Coastal Path. The County Council helps to maintain the Coast Path with financial support from Natural England."

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More than 70 miles of Dorset cliffs covered by warning

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The Jurassic Coast is unsafe for walkers Credit: Purbeck Council

More than 70 miles of Dorset coast are covered by the warning from the British Geological Survey. Recent heavy rain has led to fears of landslides or rockfalls. More rain is forecast for this afternoon.

The South West Coast Path begins at Poole Harbour and covers 71 miles of beautiful coastline including Lulworth Cove.

Walkers warned about fears for coastal path

The British Geological Survey has issued a landslide and rockfall warning for South West England, which includes Dorset. There are concerns about the stability of cliff edges and sides affecting the South West Coast Path after the recent heavy rain. More rain is forecast for this afternoon.

The Environment Agency and the Met Office are issuing bulletins about this afternoon's weather - Dorset will bear the brunt of the downpour. The British Geological Society is sending information about the coastal path to the Met Office Hazard Warning Centre in Exeter.

The South West Coast Path runs from Minehead in Somerset to the shores o Poole Harbour.

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