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    JamesYoung wrote:
    windag wrote:
    So all those on high pay such as the managers etc, move into new offices in Dorchester, the workers get the boot, less councillors, where will they meet then? no Guildhall no Pavillion, so this so called almagamation with West Dorset is what every body thought it was, a take over, any one who cares should see this is the end of Weymouth and Portland as it now stands with its own council, although there are a lot of negative comments at times about this council it will become as effective as a Parish Council, so be carefull what you wish for.
    As for the Guildhall the loss of another historic building in the Borough, no wonder why the council are spending money on it, just like the pavillion let it run down then spend loads of money on it then the so called managers whinge about lack of funds, these bunch of clowns (C.E. and the higher paid executives) would not last five minutes in the real world.
    So l presume this includes the Mayor or are they going to have a parlour at a refuse depot?
    Why not use the Guildhall so at least we can keep some civic identity
    Why is this a bad thing? Do you really think one council running west dorset and Weymouth and Portland would be any worse than what we have now? The system would work much better if councillors were replaced with call centres and there was one council for the whole of Dorset. One set of councillors. One set of expenses. One payroll team. One it team. One finance team.
    This is a good idea.

    The only problem is that it rides down the road idea that public sector workers are of no value to the local economy, which is rubbish of course.

    Lets face it, the local Weymouth economy is based on 2 things only - pubic service (council, land registry, NHS) and tourism. It doesnt really have the infrastructure to attract anything else. So we amalgamate the whole lot and get rid of one-third of the council jobs, whose wealth feeds into the local economy? So that is less people using local transport, less people using the local amenities and less people spending in the local shops. And so resulting in the shutting of more of these businesses. If you could have witnessed already the effect of these austerity measures, as I did on Friday night out for a drink in Weymouth. You could have fit all the people out in the town into one pub in the centre of Weymouth!!! Even Weatherspoons (The Swan) had about one-third of the people in it that it normally has at that time of night.

    So I can only believe that The Pavillion is not earning its way.

    But I reckon long term the council has to look at ways of cutting its basic bills, for example, moving offices to a cheaper location and using that site to build something on that will attract people to the area, instead of cutting jobs and moving yet more money out of the local economy. While I believe we should try to cut overspending long term, I believe the present government have got it very wrong, and are butchering the economy by going way too fast with it's measures."
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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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