Dorset Council has openly expressed their gratitude for “manageable and normal” visitor numbers at Durdle Door, Studland Beach, Weymouth Harbour, Lyme Regis and Swanage.
The weekend has been branded a success, after individuals and authorities had fears that recent events could repeat themselves, with particular concerns for the above-named tourist hotspots.
Amongst the recent trouble caused by tourists in Dorset was a major incident when more than 500,000 beachgoers swamped Bournemouth’s beaches, Sandbanks and Studland car parks were filled and Durdle Door was closed when too many people turned up.
Durdle Door had its own share of media attention when tombstoners were injured and helicopters landed on the beach, masses of litter were left at the beauty spot and a man from London drowned.
The council offered their thanks but stated that there were a number of “isolated incidents of antisocial behaviour” in Dorset’s bigger towns.
We’ve been planning for our first warm weekend since hospitality businesses re-opened, for several weeks alongside our partners.
Plans were ready to launch into action should numbers of visitors have become a hazard, like our travel plan for Durdle Door and additional waste collections and Civil Enforcement Officers for coastal towns, but thankfully these were not needed.
I’d like to thank residents and visitors for playing their part in helping businesses get back on their feet, and for doing it in a way that keeps others safe. I’d also like to say particular thank you to the Dorset Council employees right across the county for their part in helping the weekend run smoothly.Councillor Spencer Flower, Leader of Dorset Council
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