Online service to make Weymouth town centre parking a breeze

Online service to make Weymouth town centre parking a breeze

Online service to make Weymouth town centre parking a breeze

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VISITORS to Weymouth are now able to see where they can park thanks to a new online service.

Business leaders have welcomed the move, which comes after traders complained that visitors were having problems finding spaces.

The service, launched by Dorset County Council, displays up-to-date counts of empty car park spaces in the town.

It marks the latest development in the council’s car park guidance system covering Weymouth. It will be rolled out later in Dorchester and Christchurch.

President of Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce Julie Cleaver said: “Anything to help people know where to park is good, because it is a bit of a minefield for any visitors coming to a new town.

“I’ve looked at the service and it is disappointing – there are still eight car parks where data isn’t available because this amounts to a lot of spaces, so improvements could be made, but it’s a good start.”

Nigel Reed from the Weymouth Business Improvement District (BID) said: “Anything that helps provide ease of parking is a good thing. Other towns have good monitoring systems so hopefully this is a positive step.”

The move could help visitors find available spaces across the town.

Businesses in Weymouth previously complained about the lack of parking in the town and the difficulty in knowing where there are empty parking spaces.

Nicole Orme from Vibrant You tanning salon in Park Street said: “It has got better here but customers do mention about not being able to park.

“If some of them are coming in on their way home from work and can’t park they just go home.”

Linda Williams, owner of Dream On tearooms on the Esplanade, said: “Just under half our customers complain about not being able to park.

“Recently my husband took 45 minutes to try to park near here.”

To see live parking space availability visit dorsetforyou.com and follow the links on the parking pages.

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8:42am Wed 28 May 14

gossipgirl2 says...

This is good but would be even better if towns showed where the car-parks had height barriers so that tourists with motorhomes were clear where they were able to park instead of having to drive around the sea front.

The motorhome groups are trying to encourage all towns to do this and they would bring money into the towns.
This is good but would be even better if towns showed where the car-parks had height barriers so that tourists with motorhomes were clear where they were able to park instead of having to drive around the sea front. The motorhome groups are trying to encourage all towns to do this and they would bring money into the towns. gossipgirl2
  • Score: 3

8:45am Wed 28 May 14

IslandJim1 says...

Surely no information about town centre parking should be given, the default information given to any visitor to Weymouth should be to the park and ride only, isn't that the point of it?
Surely no information about town centre parking should be given, the default information given to any visitor to Weymouth should be to the park and ride only, isn't that the point of it? IslandJim1
  • Score: 9

8:52am Wed 28 May 14

gossipgirl2 says...

Good point, IslandJim1.

Does the Park and Ride have a height barrier? Some do.
Good point, IslandJim1. Does the Park and Ride have a height barrier? Some do. gossipgirl2
  • Score: 3

10:25am Wed 28 May 14

MrTomSmith says...

gossipgirl2 wrote:
Good point, IslandJim1.

Does the Park and Ride have a height barrier? Some do.
No, But there are LOADS of places to park overnight now, saw a couple with a generator with a lovely spot by the Pavilion overlooking the sea and beach. All for free, can't be bad. Thats the problem with free overnight parking don't know what kind of person we are going to attract looking for a freebie. Don't expect you to agree, but don't really care.
[quote][p][bold]gossipgirl2[/bold] wrote: Good point, IslandJim1. Does the Park and Ride have a height barrier? Some do.[/p][/quote]No, But there are LOADS of places to park overnight now, saw a couple with a generator with a lovely spot by the Pavilion overlooking the sea and beach. All for free, can't be bad. Thats the problem with free overnight parking don't know what kind of person we are going to attract looking for a freebie. Don't expect you to agree, but don't really care. MrTomSmith
  • Score: 0

12:14pm Wed 28 May 14

sjc100 says...

they need to get the electronic system working on the car parks, the sign stated full this morning (car park opposite Debenhams) but must have been 12 empty spaces, prehaps if they sorted this out they would not lose revenue
they need to get the electronic system working on the car parks, the sign stated full this morning (car park opposite Debenhams) but must have been 12 empty spaces, prehaps if they sorted this out they would not lose revenue sjc100
  • Score: -2

2:13pm Wed 28 May 14

scubadude says...

Even in the height of summer weekend you can park in the (expensive) multistorey or park and ride but most people are cheap and lazy. You can always find free on-street parking if you are willing to walk 10-15minutes, hardly a chore if you are visiting for the day/weekend but again- people are lazy... That said- how successful would the town become if all parking was cheap? Went to Teignmouth last weekend, £3.50 for 24hrs parking, sounds about right to me.
As to the driver who took 45min to find a space- I hope he handed his license in and sold his car, clearly not fit to drive.
Even in the height of summer weekend you can park in the (expensive) multistorey or park and ride but most people are cheap and lazy. You can always find free on-street parking if you are willing to walk 10-15minutes, hardly a chore if you are visiting for the day/weekend but again- people are lazy... That said- how successful would the town become if all parking was cheap? Went to Teignmouth last weekend, £3.50 for 24hrs parking, sounds about right to me. As to the driver who took 45min to find a space- I hope he handed his license in and sold his car, clearly not fit to drive. scubadude
  • Score: 0

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