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  • "The more I hear from Councils the more I wonder where their brains are - in the toes of their boots I shouldn't wonder.
    First we hear that Dorchesters WaDDoCs want to invest 2+ million on re arranging their plans for Charles street and build a nice new Car Park in Fairfield to enable the new clientelle of the Brewery development to park in the dry and put a further nail in the town centre development prospects.
    Now Weymouths brainless Council want to pull down the Pavilion and create a Car Park, sell the Guidhall and Town Hall and move to Chickerell. I heard the rumour some months ago that the co-operation between the two Councils would be further extended from a bit of joint purchasing to both organisations moving into the new Ivory Tower in Charles Street, and making an even bigger mess of things. A good script writer could get some pretty good material for a new comedy series by following the antics of our elected representatives.
    I remember many years ago a friend of mine saying when I suggested he stood for election that he didn't like the first requisite - "You need to have your brain removed first" I do not think he was far wrong.

    With regards to the suggestions for the Pavillion, who are going to park on the end of the pier for eight months of the year? we have already seen a much under-used Park & Ride at our expense put at the other end of the town. Keep the Pavilion and put it out to private tender, if someone wants to comes into the town and make it work - try it, I would like to bet that it would be used far more if an entrepreneur was given the chance with a sensible lease to promote it properly and fill it more often.
    A car park would soon become yet another block of flats, (sorry appartments) do we not have enough of those blighting the town already, and I see that someone else has suggested that is what will happen to the Town Hall, if it is to change it would make far more sense to be converted into a decent Hotel that the Town could be proud of. We might even see some of the lucrative conference trade move into this lovely part of the world."
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Council plan to demolish Pavilion and sell North Quay offices

First published in News

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council is considering demolishing the Pavilion and selling the council offices on North Quay in a bid to save money.

The council is also considering selling off other council assets including seafront hotels and reducing the number of councillors as it struggles will cuts which means it will be spending £3.9 million less each year by 2019/20.

And residents will be asked their views on far-reaching proposals by councillors in a bid to protect front line services and keep council tax down.

A spokesman said that over the past two years the amount of money the borough council receives from the Government has fallen by 28 per cent. Further large cuts are anticipated until 2019/20.

The proposals include demolishing the Pavilion and turning the site into a car park which could also be used for other activities similar to how thw present forecourt is used.

It is also planned to sell the Guildhall in St Edmudn Street and the main council offices on North Quay and relocate staff tio the council offices at the depot in Chickerell.

He said: “Like householders, the council has also seen many of its costs, such as fuel and energy, rise far ahead of inflation. Income and the value of its investments has also fallen.

“The borough council needs to take a longer term view and prepare for a future where it is spending far less each year says the report to the borough council’s Management Committee on 4 December.”

The Budget Working Group issued the following joint statement: “Facing an historically difficult time for local government funding, local councillors set aside political differences to establish a cross party Budget Working Group that has been undertaking detailed strategic planning work for several months.

“Whilst other councils are failing, this budget is the first of several that will secure the long term provision of essential and valued services to our Weymouth & Portland community.

“We committed ourselves to protect those services that make a real difference to the quality of life of our most vulnerable residents such as our homelessness prevention work and housing advice service, those services we all rely upon such as our current regular refuse collection and those services that perform a vital task in protecting local residents as with our environmental health work.

“We will protect essential services by: • Restructuring non essential discretionary services • Rationalising the property portfolio including the disposal of the Council Offices and Guildhall.

• Set aside sufficient funding to maintain council assets that are retained • Reducing the number of councillors and moving to a four yearly election cycle • Reducing management costs through further partnership work “Weymouth & Portland Borough Council has an excellent track record in protecting services. When other councils were already cutting back we stripped out waste from our core services and we led the country with a ground breaking partnership with West Dorset District Council reducing management costs and producing ongoing savings in excess of £2 million for the two councils.

“This budget paper seeks to reform how we deliver non essential services starting with alternate ways of providing for the performing arts and tourist information. We acknowledge that these reforms will not be universally welcomed and that they will lead to the loss of council jobs with the inevitable distress for the employees affected.

“However if we fail to tackle the problem we will condemn all services, including those most critical to the well being of our residents, to a slow, painful and protracted demise.”

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