Al fresco dining plan for town harbourside

Dorset Echo: Al fresco dining plan for town harbourside Al fresco dining plan for town harbourside

WEYMOUTH’S harbourside could be transformed into an al fresco dining area.

It’s among the proposals being considered as part of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s parking revolution. A question and answer session for people to find out more is being organised.

A seating area would be established along Custom House Quay in place of the one-hour free parking spaces.

Council parking boss Chris Graves wants to stop the habit of people driving around looking for free spaces, to make the area safer and free up the quay for people to enjoy.

Pay and display charges in council car parks are being slashed as part of the measures. The move to take away free spaces has proved controversial with some residents and businesses, which say convenient free spaces near the town centre are essential.

Bar and restaurant owner Gary Record welcomes the idea of outdoor seating as he believes Weymouth should be making the most of its beautiful assets such as the harbourside which he described as a ‘jewel’.

Providing tables and chairs would enhance the dining experience for customers of harbourside venues all year round, he says. Mr Record hopes alternative parking can be provided nearby and arrangements made for people who work on the harbourside.

He said: “It’s a controversial issue to take away parking spaces but what I really think we should have is al fresco dining. The harbour is our jewel and it’s a shame that people can’t sit next to the waterfront enjoying a coffee, or a glass or wine and a meal.

“Cafe culture happens all over Europe but we don’t seem to have it here. The harbour is the perfect spot for this to happen. Even on a January day when the sun is out people want to sit outside and it’s such a shame they can’t do it near the water in Weymouth.”

With wife Ali, Mr Record owns the Lazy Lizard venue on the Esplanade.

Last year they also bought the lease for the former George Inn on Custom House Quay and relaunched it as the George Bar’n’Grill.

He said: “It seems crazy that we’ve got our harbour and you have cars parked all the way along it when there could be seating. It will only enhance the area.”

 

BOROUGH transport spokesman Christine James stressed the idea was only a proposal and people will have a chance to make their views known when a traffic regulation order is published advertising the proposal.
If there are a certain number of objections, it will go before the planning committee for decision.
Coun James said a question and answer session was being organised at Weymouth Pavilion Ocean Room on Thursday, January 30 at 7.30pm. Residents, traders and hoteliers are invited.

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6:23am Thu 23 Jan 14

MrTomSmith says...

Great, Should have been done 10 years ago, just get on with it.
Great, Should have been done 10 years ago, just get on with it. MrTomSmith
  • Score: 20

8:42am Thu 23 Jan 14

boobooweymouth says...

Fabulous idea that would I'm sure encourage more visitors. Let's hope it happens.
Fabulous idea that would I'm sure encourage more visitors. Let's hope it happens. boobooweymouth
  • Score: 10

8:45am Thu 23 Jan 14

PiratePatch says...

At last, some sense. Especially considering the amount of sun that the north side if the harbour gets.
At last, some sense. Especially considering the amount of sun that the north side if the harbour gets. PiratePatch
  • Score: 9

8:46am Thu 23 Jan 14

Bob25Lkspr says...

The Rendezvous already has a planning application for decking to replace the parking in front of the bar.
The Rendezvous already has a planning application for decking to replace the parking in front of the bar. Bob25Lkspr
  • Score: -1

9:21am Thu 23 Jan 14

Simon 1965 says...

This is a really great idea - I hope the usual suspects from the pro car lobby don`t scupper it though.

Simon N.
This is a really great idea - I hope the usual suspects from the pro car lobby don`t scupper it though. Simon N. Simon 1965
  • Score: 10

10:45am Thu 23 Jan 14

Tinker2 says...

Great idea and well done to Gary Record to having the vision to see how good it would be.
We should also remember the likes of Brian Cooper and the original Harbour Traders Association members, who called for the 'old harbour' to be recognised and marketed. They had to fight long and hard against the WPBC to get any improvements, including the moving back of the parked cars so that a walkway could be established along the quayside.
Great idea and well done to Gary Record to having the vision to see how good it would be. We should also remember the likes of Brian Cooper and the original Harbour Traders Association members, who called for the 'old harbour' to be recognised and marketed. They had to fight long and hard against the WPBC to get any improvements, including the moving back of the parked cars so that a walkway could be established along the quayside. Tinker2
  • Score: 9

11:33am Thu 23 Jan 14

The Fish says...

All very well, but for this vision to materialise it will need Custom House Quay to be closed to traffic - which will have an adverse affect on businesses along the quay (The George, Weyfish, The Royal Oak etc.). Also the commercial fishing industry that moors along this length of quay will require access - how will this be achieved. I am all for the idea but lots of planning is required to cater for these business's.
All very well, but for this vision to materialise it will need Custom House Quay to be closed to traffic - which will have an adverse affect on businesses along the quay (The George, Weyfish, The Royal Oak etc.). Also the commercial fishing industry that moors along this length of quay will require access - how will this be achieved. I am all for the idea but lots of planning is required to cater for these business's. The Fish
  • Score: 2

12:36pm Thu 23 Jan 14

boobooweymouth says...

@The Fish - it would be great if the traffic could be removed, but I don't think this needs to happen for the vision to materialise. Plenty of other holiday resorts have tables on the other side of a road.
@The Fish - it would be great if the traffic could be removed, but I don't think this needs to happen for the vision to materialise. Plenty of other holiday resorts have tables on the other side of a road. boobooweymouth
  • Score: -1

1:17pm Thu 23 Jan 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

Has anyone told the seabirds that they must not steal food from diners?
Has anyone told the seabirds that they must not steal food from diners? IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: 7

3:28pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Parkstreetshufle says...

Thats great.
If Weymouth were the kind of town that attracted the ideal tourist ( that doesn't exist ) that sat outside and enjoyed an £80 plate of fruit de mer and a glass of Pouilly fume. Unfortunately most of the people I see down on the harbour are getting hammered. Middle class mothers with nothing better to do, the unemployed, council workers from the offices over the bridge ( oh yes all the time ). Seagulls that will peck your eye out, the diesel fumes from the Condor. The list goes on.
Its a small victorian seaside town harbour - not the Gun Quay at Portsmouth or the rear gate at Hampton Court Palace. Lets see some investment in local business so that there is a class of local people that can afford to sit outside dinning. That way it will be sustainable.
Thats great. If Weymouth were the kind of town that attracted the ideal tourist ( that doesn't exist ) that sat outside and enjoyed an £80 plate of fruit de mer and a glass of Pouilly fume. Unfortunately most of the people I see down on the harbour are getting hammered. Middle class mothers with nothing better to do, the unemployed, council workers from the offices over the bridge ( oh yes all the time ). Seagulls that will peck your eye out, the diesel fumes from the Condor. The list goes on. Its a small victorian seaside town harbour - not the Gun Quay at Portsmouth or the rear gate at Hampton Court Palace. Lets see some investment in local business so that there is a class of local people that can afford to sit outside dinning. That way it will be sustainable. Parkstreetshufle
  • Score: -10

6:50pm Thu 23 Jan 14

weymouthfox says...

Traffic and outside dining don't mix. Sit at the outside tables of the Ship and breathe in the fumes from the cars and lorries passing by constantly. Councillor Mrs James seems to think this is Monaco.
Traffic and outside dining don't mix. Sit at the outside tables of the Ship and breathe in the fumes from the cars and lorries passing by constantly. Councillor Mrs James seems to think this is Monaco. weymouthfox
  • Score: 1

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