Former councillor's attack on merger at mayor making ceremony

SPEECH: Ray Banham (far left) looks on as new Mayor Kate Wheller makes her speech.  Picture: Finnbar Webster

SPEECH: Ray Banham (far left) looks on as new Mayor Kate Wheller makes her speech. Picture: Finnbar Webster

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WEYMOUTH and Portland's mayor-making ceremony was overshadowed this evening by a stinging attack on the council merger by outgoing mayor Ray Banham.

Mr Banham, who lost his seat in last week's local elections, criticised the merger between Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and West Dorset District Council, claiming the borough was 'losing its identity'.

Millions of pounds have been saved through the two authorities joining forces but there have been job losses and posts have been transferred from Weymouth to new offices in Dorchester, with about 100 more to follow.

Mr Banham gave an emotional speech as outgoing mayor in which he was seen to shed tears after new mayor Kate Wheller took her seat in a ceremony at the Riviera Hotel.

Mr Banham said: “We have to watch our backs because in my opinion we are losing our identity. This borough had hundreds of years of identity and 67,000 people.

"All I hear of late is West Dorset. We are two separate areas - West Dorset, and Weymouth, Melcombe Regis and Portland.”

He went on to criticise councillors who have failed to turn up and support the mayor at events.

Cllr Wheller took over as mayor from Mr Banham, who served for 15 years on the council before losing his Melcombe Regis seat to the borough's first UKIP councillor Francis Drake.

Cllr Wheller, a long-serving Wyke Regis councillor, said she felt 'immensely proud and privileged' to accept the role and outlined her vision for the future.

She said: “I will take every opportunity to promote Weymouth and Portland as a good place to do business.”

Cllr Wheller also focused on the need to make changes in the wake of government cuts, moving away from a reliance on tourism, engineering and the military.

“We must work to encourage companies who rely instead on IT, on the internet, to relocate here. But even more importantly we must help and support home-grown entrepreneurs to become established in our borough,” she said.

Cllr Wheller, whose mayoral escort will be her husband Michael, named her chaplain as the Rev Deb Smith.

She chose the Friendship Club as her mayoral charity. The deputy mayor is Christine James.

The mayor's civic service will take place on Sunday, July 13 at All Saints Church, Wyke Regis at 6.30pm, and is open to the public.

The council's annual meeting, when the election of chairmen and committee members will take place, is on Thursday, June 5 in The Ocean Room at Weymouth Pavilion at 7pm.

Mr Banham and Kevin Hodder will be made Honorary Alderman in a ceremony before the meeting.

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10:21pm Thu 29 May 14

peskykat says...

Christine James as deputy mayoress - definitely time to get rid of all this old fashion nonsense . That was the reason i didn't vote for Ray Banham because of the cost of having a mayor .
Christine James as deputy mayoress - definitely time to get rid of all this old fashion nonsense . That was the reason i didn't vote for Ray Banham because of the cost of having a mayor . peskykat
  • Score: 17

10:25pm Thu 29 May 14

Tinker2 says...

Mr Banham said: “We have to watch our backs because in my opinion we are losing our identity. This borough had hundreds of years of identity and 67,000 people. All I hear of late is West Dorset. We are two separate areas - West Dorset, and Weymouth and Portland.”

? ... thought we were all living in West Dorset. Surely it's better to work (& live) together and the authorities to save US millions of pounds. It's not about lost identities, just common sense.
Mr Banham said: “We have to watch our backs because in my opinion we are losing our identity. This borough had hundreds of years of identity and 67,000 people. All I hear of late is West Dorset. We are two separate areas - West Dorset, and Weymouth and Portland.” ? ... thought we were all living in West Dorset. Surely it's better to work (& live) together and the authorities to save US millions of pounds. It's not about lost identities, just common sense. Tinker2
  • Score: 20

11:04pm Thu 29 May 14

banknote says...

The plain truth behind this silly attack by Mr Banham is that for decades Weymouth & Portland Borough Council has lagged behind the times, failure upon failure:-

Failure to modernise the resort into a modern centre, attracting conference trade, entertainment, business development - just look at Bournemouth and Poole. Why not Weymouth - because of the council's attitude.

Failure of the council to anticipate transport developments; the harbour Condor etc: failure to act on harbour repairs - until almost too late - and then not enough to accommodate new vessels.

Failure by the council to regenerate areas of the borough: Fortuneswell, a prime example.

Failure to exploit the Olympics, what good has that event done for the borough?

One could go on and on, but to hear Mr Banham rail against the merger with West Dorset - when it save millions of pounds, is just silly - or doesn't he care about local taxpayers? Take the development of Dorchester and non-development of Weymouth - on your watch, Mr Banham.

Weymouth has probably the most beautiful location on the south coast, but it has never been properly marketed and developed - why not? The answer is because of WPBC attitude. They are still living in the bucket and spade attitude of the 1950's - time has moved on and they haven't noticed.

The old adage that those who have the talent to be councillors have often not the time and we are left with those who have the time and not the talent - certainly applies to the WPBC
The plain truth behind this silly attack by Mr Banham is that for decades Weymouth & Portland Borough Council has lagged behind the times, failure upon failure:- Failure to modernise the resort into a modern centre, attracting conference trade, entertainment, business development - just look at Bournemouth and Poole. Why not Weymouth - because of the council's attitude. Failure of the council to anticipate transport developments; the harbour Condor etc: failure to act on harbour repairs - until almost too late - and then not enough to accommodate new vessels. Failure by the council to regenerate areas of the borough: Fortuneswell, a prime example. Failure to exploit the Olympics, what good has that event done for the borough? One could go on and on, but to hear Mr Banham rail against the merger with West Dorset - when it save millions of pounds, is just silly - or doesn't he care about local taxpayers? Take the development of Dorchester and non-development of Weymouth - on your watch, Mr Banham. Weymouth has probably the most beautiful location on the south coast, but it has never been properly marketed and developed - why not? The answer is because of WPBC attitude. They are still living in the bucket and spade attitude of the 1950's - time has moved on and they haven't noticed. The old adage that those who have the talent to be councillors have often not the time and we are left with those who have the time and not the talent - certainly applies to the WPBC banknote
  • Score: 41

1:18am Fri 30 May 14

westbaywonder says...

Throw them all out !!!
Throw them all out !!! westbaywonder
  • Score: -1

5:45am Fri 30 May 14

PHonnor says...

banknote wrote:
The plain truth behind this silly attack by Mr Banham is that for decades Weymouth & Portland Borough Council has lagged behind the times, failure upon failure:-

Failure to modernise the resort into a modern centre, attracting conference trade, entertainment, business development - just look at Bournemouth and Poole. Why not Weymouth - because of the council's attitude.

Failure of the council to anticipate transport developments; the harbour Condor etc: failure to act on harbour repairs - until almost too late - and then not enough to accommodate new vessels.

Failure by the council to regenerate areas of the borough: Fortuneswell, a prime example.

Failure to exploit the Olympics, what good has that event done for the borough?

One could go on and on, but to hear Mr Banham rail against the merger with West Dorset - when it save millions of pounds, is just silly - or doesn't he care about local taxpayers? Take the development of Dorchester and non-development of Weymouth - on your watch, Mr Banham.

Weymouth has probably the most beautiful location on the south coast, but it has never been properly marketed and developed - why not? The answer is because of WPBC attitude. They are still living in the bucket and spade attitude of the 1950's - time has moved on and they haven't noticed.

The old adage that those who have the talent to be councillors have often not the time and we are left with those who have the time and not the talent - certainly applies to the WPBC
Spot on!! We can only hope that the recently elected New blood turn things around but years of neglect means it will be difficult, plus we still have plenty of councillors from the old boys club ready to keep the town in the 50's
[quote][p][bold]banknote[/bold] wrote: The plain truth behind this silly attack by Mr Banham is that for decades Weymouth & Portland Borough Council has lagged behind the times, failure upon failure:- Failure to modernise the resort into a modern centre, attracting conference trade, entertainment, business development - just look at Bournemouth and Poole. Why not Weymouth - because of the council's attitude. Failure of the council to anticipate transport developments; the harbour Condor etc: failure to act on harbour repairs - until almost too late - and then not enough to accommodate new vessels. Failure by the council to regenerate areas of the borough: Fortuneswell, a prime example. Failure to exploit the Olympics, what good has that event done for the borough? One could go on and on, but to hear Mr Banham rail against the merger with West Dorset - when it save millions of pounds, is just silly - or doesn't he care about local taxpayers? Take the development of Dorchester and non-development of Weymouth - on your watch, Mr Banham. Weymouth has probably the most beautiful location on the south coast, but it has never been properly marketed and developed - why not? The answer is because of WPBC attitude. They are still living in the bucket and spade attitude of the 1950's - time has moved on and they haven't noticed. The old adage that those who have the talent to be councillors have often not the time and we are left with those who have the time and not the talent - certainly applies to the WPBC[/p][/quote]Spot on!! We can only hope that the recently elected New blood turn things around but years of neglect means it will be difficult, plus we still have plenty of councillors from the old boys club ready to keep the town in the 50's PHonnor
  • Score: 22

7:52am Fri 30 May 14

Get a grip says...

As a local I would be ok with a full merger with the WDDC

It is attitudes like his that have held the town back
As a local I would be ok with a full merger with the WDDC It is attitudes like his that have held the town back Get a grip
  • Score: 19

8:00am Fri 30 May 14

arlbergbahn says...

Sorry, i haven't been following all the news about the elections as much as I probably should have, but is the borough's first UKIP councillor really called Francis Drake? is that really his name or did he change it?
Sorry, i haven't been following all the news about the elections as much as I probably should have, but is the borough's first UKIP councillor really called Francis Drake? is that really his name or did he change it? arlbergbahn
  • Score: 8

8:01am Fri 30 May 14

trymybest says...

The tears Mr Banham shows are the tears of a man who's gravy train has come to a halt. Do we really need a mayor?, do we really need so many phantom councillors wasting our money.
The tears Mr Banham shows are the tears of a man who's gravy train has come to a halt. Do we really need a mayor?, do we really need so many phantom councillors wasting our money. trymybest
  • Score: 23

8:01am Fri 30 May 14

melcombe boy says...

banknote wrote:
The plain truth behind this silly attack by Mr Banham is that for decades Weymouth & Portland Borough Council has lagged behind the times, failure upon failure:-

Failure to modernise the resort into a modern centre, attracting conference trade, entertainment, business development - just look at Bournemouth and Poole. Why not Weymouth - because of the council's attitude.

Failure of the council to anticipate transport developments; the harbour Condor etc: failure to act on harbour repairs - until almost too late - and then not enough to accommodate new vessels.

Failure by the council to regenerate areas of the borough: Fortuneswell, a prime example.

Failure to exploit the Olympics, what good has that event done for the borough?

One could go on and on, but to hear Mr Banham rail against the merger with West Dorset - when it save millions of pounds, is just silly - or doesn't he care about local taxpayers? Take the development of Dorchester and non-development of Weymouth - on your watch, Mr Banham.

Weymouth has probably the most beautiful location on the south coast, but it has never been properly marketed and developed - why not? The answer is because of WPBC attitude. They are still living in the bucket and spade attitude of the 1950's - time has moved on and they haven't noticed.

The old adage that those who have the talent to be councillors have often not the time and we are left with those who have the time and not the talent - certainly applies to the WPBC
What a load of rubbish. It is so simplistic to blame the council.
Why not put some blame on the Government for the Navy pulling out of the area? What about the thousands employed in quality jobs at the Admiralty research establishment?
What about the thousands of quality jobs lost at Winfrith?
What about the hundreds of quality jobs lost when the Teacher training college was moved to Bournemouth.
We have also had most of our hospital services moved 8 miles away to Dorch.
Nearly all the well paid jobs have disappeared from the local area in recent decades.
One more point. W&P were no more than puppets in the Olympic decision making process.
Incidently the list could go on
Outside agencies are hugely to blame in the demise of Weymouth.
We have been well and truly raped by outside authorities.
[quote][p][bold]banknote[/bold] wrote: The plain truth behind this silly attack by Mr Banham is that for decades Weymouth & Portland Borough Council has lagged behind the times, failure upon failure:- Failure to modernise the resort into a modern centre, attracting conference trade, entertainment, business development - just look at Bournemouth and Poole. Why not Weymouth - because of the council's attitude. Failure of the council to anticipate transport developments; the harbour Condor etc: failure to act on harbour repairs - until almost too late - and then not enough to accommodate new vessels. Failure by the council to regenerate areas of the borough: Fortuneswell, a prime example. Failure to exploit the Olympics, what good has that event done for the borough? One could go on and on, but to hear Mr Banham rail against the merger with West Dorset - when it save millions of pounds, is just silly - or doesn't he care about local taxpayers? Take the development of Dorchester and non-development of Weymouth - on your watch, Mr Banham. Weymouth has probably the most beautiful location on the south coast, but it has never been properly marketed and developed - why not? The answer is because of WPBC attitude. They are still living in the bucket and spade attitude of the 1950's - time has moved on and they haven't noticed. The old adage that those who have the talent to be councillors have often not the time and we are left with those who have the time and not the talent - certainly applies to the WPBC[/p][/quote]What a load of rubbish. It is so simplistic to blame the council. Why not put some blame on the Government for the Navy pulling out of the area? What about the thousands employed in quality jobs at the Admiralty research establishment? What about the thousands of quality jobs lost at Winfrith? What about the hundreds of quality jobs lost when the Teacher training college was moved to Bournemouth. We have also had most of our hospital services moved 8 miles away to Dorch. Nearly all the well paid jobs have disappeared from the local area in recent decades. One more point. W&P were no more than puppets in the Olympic decision making process. Incidently the list could go on Outside agencies are hugely to blame in the demise of Weymouth. We have been well and truly raped by outside authorities. melcombe boy
  • Score: 2

9:10am Fri 30 May 14

elloello1980 says...

melcombe boy wrote:
banknote wrote:
The plain truth behind this silly attack by Mr Banham is that for decades Weymouth & Portland Borough Council has lagged behind the times, failure upon failure:-

Failure to modernise the resort into a modern centre, attracting conference trade, entertainment, business development - just look at Bournemouth and Poole. Why not Weymouth - because of the council's attitude.

Failure of the council to anticipate transport developments; the harbour Condor etc: failure to act on harbour repairs - until almost too late - and then not enough to accommodate new vessels.

Failure by the council to regenerate areas of the borough: Fortuneswell, a prime example.

Failure to exploit the Olympics, what good has that event done for the borough?

One could go on and on, but to hear Mr Banham rail against the merger with West Dorset - when it save millions of pounds, is just silly - or doesn't he care about local taxpayers? Take the development of Dorchester and non-development of Weymouth - on your watch, Mr Banham.

Weymouth has probably the most beautiful location on the south coast, but it has never been properly marketed and developed - why not? The answer is because of WPBC attitude. They are still living in the bucket and spade attitude of the 1950's - time has moved on and they haven't noticed.

The old adage that those who have the talent to be councillors have often not the time and we are left with those who have the time and not the talent - certainly applies to the WPBC
What a load of rubbish. It is so simplistic to blame the council.
Why not put some blame on the Government for the Navy pulling out of the area? What about the thousands employed in quality jobs at the Admiralty research establishment?
What about the thousands of quality jobs lost at Winfrith?
What about the hundreds of quality jobs lost when the Teacher training college was moved to Bournemouth.
We have also had most of our hospital services moved 8 miles away to Dorch.
Nearly all the well paid jobs have disappeared from the local area in recent decades.
One more point. W&P were no more than puppets in the Olympic decision making process.
Incidently the list could go on
Outside agencies are hugely to blame in the demise of Weymouth.
We have been well and truly raped by outside authorities.
how have you received dislikes from other posters? Spot on with your post!

I think many locals are stuck in the W&P bubble and can't see the bigger picture. moaning about a few quid going to a mayor over the millions being taken from us by those on top
[quote][p][bold]melcombe boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]banknote[/bold] wrote: The plain truth behind this silly attack by Mr Banham is that for decades Weymouth & Portland Borough Council has lagged behind the times, failure upon failure:- Failure to modernise the resort into a modern centre, attracting conference trade, entertainment, business development - just look at Bournemouth and Poole. Why not Weymouth - because of the council's attitude. Failure of the council to anticipate transport developments; the harbour Condor etc: failure to act on harbour repairs - until almost too late - and then not enough to accommodate new vessels. Failure by the council to regenerate areas of the borough: Fortuneswell, a prime example. Failure to exploit the Olympics, what good has that event done for the borough? One could go on and on, but to hear Mr Banham rail against the merger with West Dorset - when it save millions of pounds, is just silly - or doesn't he care about local taxpayers? Take the development of Dorchester and non-development of Weymouth - on your watch, Mr Banham. Weymouth has probably the most beautiful location on the south coast, but it has never been properly marketed and developed - why not? The answer is because of WPBC attitude. They are still living in the bucket and spade attitude of the 1950's - time has moved on and they haven't noticed. The old adage that those who have the talent to be councillors have often not the time and we are left with those who have the time and not the talent - certainly applies to the WPBC[/p][/quote]What a load of rubbish. It is so simplistic to blame the council. Why not put some blame on the Government for the Navy pulling out of the area? What about the thousands employed in quality jobs at the Admiralty research establishment? What about the thousands of quality jobs lost at Winfrith? What about the hundreds of quality jobs lost when the Teacher training college was moved to Bournemouth. We have also had most of our hospital services moved 8 miles away to Dorch. Nearly all the well paid jobs have disappeared from the local area in recent decades. One more point. W&P were no more than puppets in the Olympic decision making process. Incidently the list could go on Outside agencies are hugely to blame in the demise of Weymouth. We have been well and truly raped by outside authorities.[/p][/quote]how have you received dislikes from other posters? Spot on with your post! I think many locals are stuck in the W&P bubble and can't see the bigger picture. moaning about a few quid going to a mayor over the millions being taken from us by those on top elloello1980
  • Score: 7

9:12am Fri 30 May 14

CaughtJester says...

Banham is a dinosaur.
Banham is a dinosaur. CaughtJester
  • Score: 18

9:26am Fri 30 May 14

elloello1980 says...

CaughtJester wrote:
Banham is a dinosaur.
but a local one who has a right to voice his opinion, as we all do
[quote][p][bold]CaughtJester[/bold] wrote: Banham is a dinosaur.[/p][/quote]but a local one who has a right to voice his opinion, as we all do elloello1980
  • Score: 1

9:26am Fri 30 May 14

Woodgate says...

melcombe boy wrote:
banknote wrote:
The plain truth behind this silly attack by Mr Banham is that for decades Weymouth & Portland Borough Council has lagged behind the times, failure upon failure:-

Failure to modernise the resort into a modern centre, attracting conference trade, entertainment, business development - just look at Bournemouth and Poole. Why not Weymouth - because of the council's attitude.

Failure of the council to anticipate transport developments; the harbour Condor etc: failure to act on harbour repairs - until almost too late - and then not enough to accommodate new vessels.

Failure by the council to regenerate areas of the borough: Fortuneswell, a prime example.

Failure to exploit the Olympics, what good has that event done for the borough?

One could go on and on, but to hear Mr Banham rail against the merger with West Dorset - when it save millions of pounds, is just silly - or doesn't he care about local taxpayers? Take the development of Dorchester and non-development of Weymouth - on your watch, Mr Banham.

Weymouth has probably the most beautiful location on the south coast, but it has never been properly marketed and developed - why not? The answer is because of WPBC attitude. They are still living in the bucket and spade attitude of the 1950's - time has moved on and they haven't noticed.

The old adage that those who have the talent to be councillors have often not the time and we are left with those who have the time and not the talent - certainly applies to the WPBC
What a load of rubbish. It is so simplistic to blame the council.
Why not put some blame on the Government for the Navy pulling out of the area? What about the thousands employed in quality jobs at the Admiralty research establishment?
What about the thousands of quality jobs lost at Winfrith?
What about the hundreds of quality jobs lost when the Teacher training college was moved to Bournemouth.
We have also had most of our hospital services moved 8 miles away to Dorch.
Nearly all the well paid jobs have disappeared from the local area in recent decades.
One more point. W&P were no more than puppets in the Olympic decision making process.
Incidently the list could go on
Outside agencies are hugely to blame in the demise of Weymouth.
We have been well and truly raped by outside authorities.
Totally agree with Banknote's summary. With a (very) few honourable exceptions WPBC has long been notoriously characterised by self serving councillors with no commercial experience or ability and time to devote to petty squabbles. Senior officers are intrinsically 'yes men' who don't want to rock the boat and the really hard working middle/lower ranks have little say.

Of course defence and public sector rationalisation hasn't helped the Borough but other towns adapt and move on. Where is the strategic and market engaging leadership that should be exploiting the areas fantastic setting and resource of talented workforce and young people? WPBC - we don't care about Mayoral badges - we just want real world action.
[quote][p][bold]melcombe boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]banknote[/bold] wrote: The plain truth behind this silly attack by Mr Banham is that for decades Weymouth & Portland Borough Council has lagged behind the times, failure upon failure:- Failure to modernise the resort into a modern centre, attracting conference trade, entertainment, business development - just look at Bournemouth and Poole. Why not Weymouth - because of the council's attitude. Failure of the council to anticipate transport developments; the harbour Condor etc: failure to act on harbour repairs - until almost too late - and then not enough to accommodate new vessels. Failure by the council to regenerate areas of the borough: Fortuneswell, a prime example. Failure to exploit the Olympics, what good has that event done for the borough? One could go on and on, but to hear Mr Banham rail against the merger with West Dorset - when it save millions of pounds, is just silly - or doesn't he care about local taxpayers? Take the development of Dorchester and non-development of Weymouth - on your watch, Mr Banham. Weymouth has probably the most beautiful location on the south coast, but it has never been properly marketed and developed - why not? The answer is because of WPBC attitude. They are still living in the bucket and spade attitude of the 1950's - time has moved on and they haven't noticed. The old adage that those who have the talent to be councillors have often not the time and we are left with those who have the time and not the talent - certainly applies to the WPBC[/p][/quote]What a load of rubbish. It is so simplistic to blame the council. Why not put some blame on the Government for the Navy pulling out of the area? What about the thousands employed in quality jobs at the Admiralty research establishment? What about the thousands of quality jobs lost at Winfrith? What about the hundreds of quality jobs lost when the Teacher training college was moved to Bournemouth. We have also had most of our hospital services moved 8 miles away to Dorch. Nearly all the well paid jobs have disappeared from the local area in recent decades. One more point. W&P were no more than puppets in the Olympic decision making process. Incidently the list could go on Outside agencies are hugely to blame in the demise of Weymouth. We have been well and truly raped by outside authorities.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with Banknote's summary. With a (very) few honourable exceptions WPBC has long been notoriously characterised by self serving councillors with no commercial experience or ability and time to devote to petty squabbles. Senior officers are intrinsically 'yes men' who don't want to rock the boat and the really hard working middle/lower ranks have little say. Of course defence and public sector rationalisation hasn't helped the Borough but other towns adapt and move on. Where is the strategic and market engaging leadership that should be exploiting the areas fantastic setting and resource of talented workforce and young people? WPBC - we don't care about Mayoral badges - we just want real world action. Woodgate
  • Score: 22

9:52am Fri 30 May 14

melcombe boy says...

Get a grip wrote:
As a local I would be ok with a full merger with the WDDC

It is attitudes like his that have held the town back
Merge with other authorities and we lose our own town forever!
[quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: As a local I would be ok with a full merger with the WDDC It is attitudes like his that have held the town back[/p][/quote]Merge with other authorities and we lose our own town forever! melcombe boy
  • Score: -10

10:20am Fri 30 May 14

melcombe boy says...

Woodgate wrote:
melcombe boy wrote:
banknote wrote:
The plain truth behind this silly attack by Mr Banham is that for decades Weymouth & Portland Borough Council has lagged behind the times, failure upon failure:-

Failure to modernise the resort into a modern centre, attracting conference trade, entertainment, business development - just look at Bournemouth and Poole. Why not Weymouth - because of the council's attitude.

Failure of the council to anticipate transport developments; the harbour Condor etc: failure to act on harbour repairs - until almost too late - and then not enough to accommodate new vessels.

Failure by the council to regenerate areas of the borough: Fortuneswell, a prime example.

Failure to exploit the Olympics, what good has that event done for the borough?

One could go on and on, but to hear Mr Banham rail against the merger with West Dorset - when it save millions of pounds, is just silly - or doesn't he care about local taxpayers? Take the development of Dorchester and non-development of Weymouth - on your watch, Mr Banham.

Weymouth has probably the most beautiful location on the south coast, but it has never been properly marketed and developed - why not? The answer is because of WPBC attitude. They are still living in the bucket and spade attitude of the 1950's - time has moved on and they haven't noticed.

The old adage that those who have the talent to be councillors have often not the time and we are left with those who have the time and not the talent - certainly applies to the WPBC
What a load of rubbish. It is so simplistic to blame the council.
Why not put some blame on the Government for the Navy pulling out of the area? What about the thousands employed in quality jobs at the Admiralty research establishment?
What about the thousands of quality jobs lost at Winfrith?
What about the hundreds of quality jobs lost when the Teacher training college was moved to Bournemouth.
We have also had most of our hospital services moved 8 miles away to Dorch.
Nearly all the well paid jobs have disappeared from the local area in recent decades.
One more point. W&P were no more than puppets in the Olympic decision making process.
Incidently the list could go on
Outside agencies are hugely to blame in the demise of Weymouth.
We have been well and truly raped by outside authorities.
Totally agree with Banknote's summary. With a (very) few honourable exceptions WPBC has long been notoriously characterised by self serving councillors with no commercial experience or ability and time to devote to petty squabbles. Senior officers are intrinsically 'yes men' who don't want to rock the boat and the really hard working middle/lower ranks have little say.

Of course defence and public sector rationalisation hasn't helped the Borough but other towns adapt and move on. Where is the strategic and market engaging leadership that should be exploiting the areas fantastic setting and resource of talented workforce and young people? WPBC - we don't care about Mayoral badges - we just want real world action.
A bit of a sweeping statement to make about councillors. I'm glad you know how the council apparently functions.
If you are right then surely it is the complacent electorate who are to blame for putting up with such obvious uselessness for so long!
It is just so easy to blame the council for everything.
[quote][p][bold]Woodgate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]melcombe boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]banknote[/bold] wrote: The plain truth behind this silly attack by Mr Banham is that for decades Weymouth & Portland Borough Council has lagged behind the times, failure upon failure:- Failure to modernise the resort into a modern centre, attracting conference trade, entertainment, business development - just look at Bournemouth and Poole. Why not Weymouth - because of the council's attitude. Failure of the council to anticipate transport developments; the harbour Condor etc: failure to act on harbour repairs - until almost too late - and then not enough to accommodate new vessels. Failure by the council to regenerate areas of the borough: Fortuneswell, a prime example. Failure to exploit the Olympics, what good has that event done for the borough? One could go on and on, but to hear Mr Banham rail against the merger with West Dorset - when it save millions of pounds, is just silly - or doesn't he care about local taxpayers? Take the development of Dorchester and non-development of Weymouth - on your watch, Mr Banham. Weymouth has probably the most beautiful location on the south coast, but it has never been properly marketed and developed - why not? The answer is because of WPBC attitude. They are still living in the bucket and spade attitude of the 1950's - time has moved on and they haven't noticed. The old adage that those who have the talent to be councillors have often not the time and we are left with those who have the time and not the talent - certainly applies to the WPBC[/p][/quote]What a load of rubbish. It is so simplistic to blame the council. Why not put some blame on the Government for the Navy pulling out of the area? What about the thousands employed in quality jobs at the Admiralty research establishment? What about the thousands of quality jobs lost at Winfrith? What about the hundreds of quality jobs lost when the Teacher training college was moved to Bournemouth. We have also had most of our hospital services moved 8 miles away to Dorch. Nearly all the well paid jobs have disappeared from the local area in recent decades. One more point. W&P were no more than puppets in the Olympic decision making process. Incidently the list could go on Outside agencies are hugely to blame in the demise of Weymouth. We have been well and truly raped by outside authorities.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with Banknote's summary. With a (very) few honourable exceptions WPBC has long been notoriously characterised by self serving councillors with no commercial experience or ability and time to devote to petty squabbles. Senior officers are intrinsically 'yes men' who don't want to rock the boat and the really hard working middle/lower ranks have little say. Of course defence and public sector rationalisation hasn't helped the Borough but other towns adapt and move on. Where is the strategic and market engaging leadership that should be exploiting the areas fantastic setting and resource of talented workforce and young people? WPBC - we don't care about Mayoral badges - we just want real world action.[/p][/quote]A bit of a sweeping statement to make about councillors. I'm glad you know how the council apparently functions. If you are right then surely it is the complacent electorate who are to blame for putting up with such obvious uselessness for so long! It is just so easy to blame the council for everything. melcombe boy
  • Score: -1

10:27am Fri 30 May 14

Get a grip says...

melcombe boy wrote:
Get a grip wrote:
As a local I would be ok with a full merger with the WDDC

It is attitudes like his that have held the town back
Merge with other authorities and we lose our own town forever!
Or battle on against the inevitable and go bankrupt.

As any councillor and privately they will admit that the council runs out of money in 2 or 3 years time at best.

We are have a choise my vote is to merge and improve.
[quote][p][bold]melcombe boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: As a local I would be ok with a full merger with the WDDC It is attitudes like his that have held the town back[/p][/quote]Merge with other authorities and we lose our own town forever![/p][/quote]Or battle on against the inevitable and go bankrupt. As any councillor and privately they will admit that the council runs out of money in 2 or 3 years time at best. We are have a choise my vote is to merge and improve. Get a grip
  • Score: 8

10:32am Fri 30 May 14

melcombe boy says...

Get a grip wrote:
melcombe boy wrote:
Get a grip wrote:
As a local I would be ok with a full merger with the WDDC

It is attitudes like his that have held the town back
Merge with other authorities and we lose our own town forever!
Or battle on against the inevitable and go bankrupt.

As any councillor and privately they will admit that the council runs out of money in 2 or 3 years time at best.

We are have a choise my vote is to merge and improve.
Yes we do have a choice.
Elect a government who will give decent funding to local authorities!
[quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]melcombe boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: As a local I would be ok with a full merger with the WDDC It is attitudes like his that have held the town back[/p][/quote]Merge with other authorities and we lose our own town forever![/p][/quote]Or battle on against the inevitable and go bankrupt. As any councillor and privately they will admit that the council runs out of money in 2 or 3 years time at best. We are have a choise my vote is to merge and improve.[/p][/quote]Yes we do have a choice. Elect a government who will give decent funding to local authorities! melcombe boy
  • Score: -3

11:06am Fri 30 May 14

dorset & proud says...

if WPBC hadn't made such a pig's ear of its operation over the years it would never have had to merge with WDDC in the first place.
if WPBC hadn't made such a pig's ear of its operation over the years it would never have had to merge with WDDC in the first place. dorset & proud
  • Score: 7

11:14am Fri 30 May 14

Get a grip says...

melcombe boy wrote:
Get a grip wrote:
melcombe boy wrote:
Get a grip wrote:
As a local I would be ok with a full merger with the WDDC

It is attitudes like his that have held the town back
Merge with other authorities and we lose our own town forever!
Or battle on against the inevitable and go bankrupt.

As any councillor and privately they will admit that the council runs out of money in 2 or 3 years time at best.

We are have a choise my vote is to merge and improve.
Yes we do have a choice.
Elect a government who will give decent funding to local authorities!
And the money comes from were?

I know the taxpayer sorry I am not prepared to pay more tax so we can prop up a failing and out of date system.

The answere is move with the ever changing times and improve.
[quote][p][bold]melcombe boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]melcombe boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: As a local I would be ok with a full merger with the WDDC It is attitudes like his that have held the town back[/p][/quote]Merge with other authorities and we lose our own town forever![/p][/quote]Or battle on against the inevitable and go bankrupt. As any councillor and privately they will admit that the council runs out of money in 2 or 3 years time at best. We are have a choise my vote is to merge and improve.[/p][/quote]Yes we do have a choice. Elect a government who will give decent funding to local authorities![/p][/quote]And the money comes from were? I know the taxpayer sorry I am not prepared to pay more tax so we can prop up a failing and out of date system. The answere is move with the ever changing times and improve. Get a grip
  • Score: 6

11:21am Fri 30 May 14

elloello1980 says...

Get a grip wrote:
melcombe boy wrote:
Get a grip wrote:
melcombe boy wrote:
Get a grip wrote:
As a local I would be ok with a full merger with the WDDC

It is attitudes like his that have held the town back
Merge with other authorities and we lose our own town forever!
Or battle on against the inevitable and go bankrupt.

As any councillor and privately they will admit that the council runs out of money in 2 or 3 years time at best.

We are have a choise my vote is to merge and improve.
Yes we do have a choice.
Elect a government who will give decent funding to local authorities!
And the money comes from were?

I know the taxpayer sorry I am not prepared to pay more tax so we can prop up a failing and out of date system.

The answere is move with the ever changing times and improve.
yeah, because the current gov is so lean, the only way to generate or save money is raise tax?

What about the wasted millions on the war on 'terrorism', the war on cannabis?

what about the money allocated to having to provide travellers with a place to park their 'homes'.

what about free boob jobs on the NHS?

the list goes on way beyond my understanding, and patience
[quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]melcombe boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]melcombe boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: As a local I would be ok with a full merger with the WDDC It is attitudes like his that have held the town back[/p][/quote]Merge with other authorities and we lose our own town forever![/p][/quote]Or battle on against the inevitable and go bankrupt. As any councillor and privately they will admit that the council runs out of money in 2 or 3 years time at best. We are have a choise my vote is to merge and improve.[/p][/quote]Yes we do have a choice. Elect a government who will give decent funding to local authorities![/p][/quote]And the money comes from were? I know the taxpayer sorry I am not prepared to pay more tax so we can prop up a failing and out of date system. The answere is move with the ever changing times and improve.[/p][/quote]yeah, because the current gov is so lean, the only way to generate or save money is raise tax? What about the wasted millions on the war on 'terrorism', the war on cannabis? what about the money allocated to having to provide travellers with a place to park their 'homes'. what about free boob jobs on the NHS? the list goes on way beyond my understanding, and patience elloello1980
  • Score: 6

1:02pm Fri 30 May 14

shy talk says...

“She said: “I will take every opportunity to promote Weymouth and Portland as a good place to do business.”

“Cllr Wheller also focused on the need to make changes in the wake of government cuts, moving away from a reliance on tourism, engineering and the military.”

This is rich coming from a member of the Harbour Management Board or should that read mismanagement. With reference to the ongoing Condor fiasco.

In one breath you say one thing to promote the area then contradict yourself by saying we must move away from tourism, engineering and the military. This might well put off future investment in the area by your mixed and confused statements. And as for military what does this mean?

Engineering covers many disciplines electrical, mechanical, computers the list goes on. They all bring employment to the area and money to the local economy and are not seasonal like tourism, which we also need.
“She said: “I will take every opportunity to promote Weymouth and Portland as a good place to do business.” “Cllr Wheller also focused on the need to make changes in the wake of government cuts, moving away from a reliance on tourism, engineering and the military.” This is rich coming from a member of the Harbour Management Board or should that read mismanagement. With reference to the ongoing Condor fiasco. In one breath you say one thing to promote the area then contradict yourself by saying we must move away from tourism, engineering and the military. This might well put off future investment in the area by your mixed and confused statements. And as for military what does this mean? Engineering covers many disciplines electrical, mechanical, computers the list goes on. They all bring employment to the area and money to the local economy and are not seasonal like tourism, which we also need. shy talk
  • Score: 7

1:02pm Fri 30 May 14

codlips says...

Get a grip wrote:
melcombe boy wrote:
Get a grip wrote:
As a local I would be ok with a full merger with the WDDC

It is attitudes like his that have held the town back
Merge with other authorities and we lose our own town forever!
Or battle on against the inevitable and go bankrupt.

As any councillor and privately they will admit that the council runs out of money in 2 or 3 years time at best.

We are have a choise my vote is to merge and improve.
They have already fully merged, so your point is invalid.
[quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]melcombe boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: As a local I would be ok with a full merger with the WDDC It is attitudes like his that have held the town back[/p][/quote]Merge with other authorities and we lose our own town forever![/p][/quote]Or battle on against the inevitable and go bankrupt. As any councillor and privately they will admit that the council runs out of money in 2 or 3 years time at best. We are have a choise my vote is to merge and improve.[/p][/quote]They have already fully merged, so your point is invalid. codlips
  • Score: -1

1:37pm Fri 30 May 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

It would seem to me that some of the comments made could result in those making them being sued in a civil court!
It would seem to me that some of the comments made could result in those making them being sued in a civil court! IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: -1

1:38pm Fri 30 May 14

shy talk says...

There seems to be a small minority of people on this site, who have escaped from their village. Got access to a computer and are now posting ridiculous and idiotic comments.
There seems to be a small minority of people on this site, who have escaped from their village. Got access to a computer and are now posting ridiculous and idiotic comments. shy talk
  • Score: 1

2:52pm Fri 30 May 14

Get a grip says...

codlips wrote:
Get a grip wrote:
melcombe boy wrote:
Get a grip wrote: As a local I would be ok with a full merger with the WDDC It is attitudes like his that have held the town back
Merge with other authorities and we lose our own town forever!
Or battle on against the inevitable and go bankrupt. As any councillor and privately they will admit that the council runs out of money in 2 or 3 years time at best. We are have a choise my vote is to merge and improve.
They have already fully merged, so your point is invalid.
They have not merged they share staff and office space but the two councils are not joined.
[quote][p][bold]codlips[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]melcombe boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Get a grip[/bold] wrote: As a local I would be ok with a full merger with the WDDC It is attitudes like his that have held the town back[/p][/quote]Merge with other authorities and we lose our own town forever![/p][/quote]Or battle on against the inevitable and go bankrupt. As any councillor and privately they will admit that the council runs out of money in 2 or 3 years time at best. We are have a choise my vote is to merge and improve.[/p][/quote]They have already fully merged, so your point is invalid.[/p][/quote]They have not merged they share staff and office space but the two councils are not joined. Get a grip
  • Score: 4

4:07pm Fri 30 May 14

Get a grip says...

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE wrote:
It would seem to me that some of the comments made could result in those making them being sued in a civil court!
Yes very bold.

Someone got caught on twitter a little while back for making a statement that was not proved to be true.
[quote][p][bold]IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE[/bold] wrote: It would seem to me that some of the comments made could result in those making them being sued in a civil court![/p][/quote]Yes very bold. Someone got caught on twitter a little while back for making a statement that was not proved to be true. Get a grip
  • Score: 0

4:31pm Fri 30 May 14

portlandboy says...

Mr Banham is upset at a merger with a neighbouring council - I say suck it up.
There was little care shown towards the feelings of the Portland community when Weymouth decided it would be in their interest to be merged. It's no different now, just that Weymouth is on the other end of the stick.
Mr Banham is upset at a merger with a neighbouring council - I say suck it up. There was little care shown towards the feelings of the Portland community when Weymouth decided it would be in their interest to be merged. It's no different now, just that Weymouth is on the other end of the stick. portlandboy
  • Score: 3

4:45pm Fri 30 May 14

westbaywonder says...

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE wrote:
It would seem to me that some of the comments made could result in those making them being sued in a civil court!
Bring it on if you have the cash and the guts! LOL
[quote][p][bold]IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE[/bold] wrote: It would seem to me that some of the comments made could result in those making them being sued in a civil court![/p][/quote]Bring it on if you have the cash and the guts! LOL westbaywonder
  • Score: -7

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