Residents encouraged to show the 'wey' forward for borough

Dorset Echo: BIG PLANS: Baron Miles and supporters on Weymouth beach to promote new website BIG PLANS: Baron Miles and supporters on Weymouth beach to promote new website

RESIDENTS are being urged to use their voices to show the borough the wey forward.

A new web portal has been set up to share ideas, vision and ‘get the ball rolling’ on exciting projects in Weymouth and Portland.

It comes as an article in the Observer described Weymouth as a ‘graveyard of ambition’, prompting a huge backlash as well as calls to make changes. The web portal is called weyforward.net and was dreamed up as a way of making young people feel more engaged with the community, supporting local businesses and bringing economy to the borough.

One of the weyforward founders, Baron Miles, said: “The response to the Observer article demonstrates one of the great things about Weymouth and Portland – the pride we have in our borough.

“We know there are some things that need to be sorted out, but the community spirit is there to do so.

“I believe we can tackle the issues by bringing together education, business, community groups, the officers and politicians of the council, artists and the wider population. We can make this place a place of opportunity and prosperity.”

He added: “The aim of weyforward is building up the borough, making it a thriving hub of entertainment, a place where businesses feel supported “It’s a great community here, and a beautiful place to live.

“So this gives people a chance to put their idea out there and see what the reception is.

“You can think: ‘I have an idea for a community project or a business or an event. Let’s see what people make of it’.

“Just go onto the website and put that idea out there.”

Business leaders have told the Echo how they hope Weymouth can be made a ‘leading tourist destination’.

Improved infrastructure and a more ‘aggressive’ tourism strategy could be the keys to improving the area.

Following a backlash over an article in the Observer newspaper suggesting that Weymouth was a place ‘beset by low wages, lack of transportation, isolation and poverty of aspiration’, experts have spoken out about what could be done to improve the area.

Tourism bosses and councillors believe that despite a failure to build a proper Olympic legacy, the area still has great potential. That’s the reason for weyforward.net Baron said: “We want Weymouth to have the reputation of being supportive of new ideas and innovation so more people will want to come and be here.”

Visit weyforward.net

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8:59pm Sat 28 Jun 14

oldbrock says...

typical councillors, get in, get the expenses, find out the job is too much for them, come begging to pick the brains of the people they have robbed from the council tax, the only time they will ask the people, when they havn't got a clue, things ever did turn round they would be back to "we know whats best for you"- watch this space
typical councillors, get in, get the expenses, find out the job is too much for them, come begging to pick the brains of the people they have robbed from the council tax, the only time they will ask the people, when they havn't got a clue, things ever did turn round they would be back to "we know whats best for you"- watch this space oldbrock
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1:16am Sun 29 Jun 14

common cence says...

Weyforward robbing PORTLAND yet again you lot are on your own dont drag us down with you
Weyforward robbing PORTLAND yet again you lot are on your own dont drag us down with you common cence
  • Score: -7

8:15am Sun 29 Jun 14

PHonnor says...

common cence wrote:
Weyforward robbing PORTLAND yet again you lot are on your own dont drag us down with you
What are you on about? Don't you think Portland could also benefit from the ideas mentioned in the article?
[quote][p][bold]common cence[/bold] wrote: Weyforward robbing PORTLAND yet again you lot are on your own dont drag us down with you[/p][/quote]What are you on about? Don't you think Portland could also benefit from the ideas mentioned in the article? PHonnor
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11:14am Sun 29 Jun 14

WykeReg says...

I understand the criticism regarding 'poverty of aspiration' but that could be applied to vast swathes of the country.

The real problem is that Britain's politicians haven't articulated a compelling vision for the country since WWII. Without that it is difficult for anyone to be inspired to aspire. As the old saying goes: "When you don't know where you're going, any road'll take you there." If that's the case, then why bother to start the journey?
I understand the criticism regarding 'poverty of aspiration' but that could be applied to vast swathes of the country. The real problem is that Britain's politicians haven't articulated a compelling vision for the country since WWII. Without that it is difficult for anyone to be inspired to aspire. As the old saying goes: "When you don't know where you're going, any road'll take you there." If that's the case, then why bother to start the journey? WykeReg
  • Score: 1

2:50pm Sun 29 Jun 14

weymouthfox says...

Due to an inept borough council, Weymouth is sadly bereft of any aspiration bar sell everything the council owns quick! This sort of initiative, though well meaning, will make no difference at all. We need councillors with brains and vision.
Due to an inept borough council, Weymouth is sadly bereft of any aspiration bar sell everything the council owns quick! This sort of initiative, though well meaning, will make no difference at all. We need councillors with brains and vision. weymouthfox
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3:07pm Sun 29 Jun 14

portlandboy says...

There are many very sensible people with many very sensible ideas on how to get Weymouth back in the game. However, to really do a good and thorough job, Weymouth & Portland BC and Dorset DC would HAVE to be prepared to invest in the future rather than rob Peter to pay Paul.
The areas that have really done well have invested massively through joint initiatives with commercial investment with a long-term plan. They are now reaping the reward of the forward planning they worked at over the last 20 years.
That means Weymouth & Portland are now 20 years behind the rest and will have to be thinking of NEW IDEAS rather than copying other successful schemes. With the current financial issues and the current council planners there is little hope of us managing to do that.
There are many very sensible people with many very sensible ideas on how to get Weymouth back in the game. However, to really do a good and thorough job, Weymouth & Portland BC and Dorset DC would HAVE to be prepared to invest in the future rather than rob Peter to pay Paul. The areas that have really done well have invested massively through joint initiatives with commercial investment with a long-term plan. They are now reaping the reward of the forward planning they worked at over the last 20 years. That means Weymouth & Portland are now 20 years behind the rest and will have to be thinking of NEW IDEAS rather than copying other successful schemes. With the current financial issues and the current council planners there is little hope of us managing to do that. portlandboy
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6:27pm Mon 30 Jun 14

WeyPeninsula says...

weymouthfox wrote:
Due to an inept borough council, Weymouth is sadly bereft of any aspiration bar sell everything the council owns quick! This sort of initiative, though well meaning, will make no difference at all. We need councillors with brains and vision.
I agree completely. However, we have new leadership at the council. A new political leader and a new CEO. I am sure they will be keen to start making good things happen for the community of Weymouth & Portland. What with the Observer article, the previous decades of stasis and the lost Olympic legacy we should give them our support and encouragement to break the local mould and do something extraordinary. #Weyforward (I am a co-founder) is keen to make the prevailing attitude "can do" and that means embracing new ways of thinking, communicating and collaborating. I personally feel that we can turn this place around a lot quicker than most people think.
[quote][p][bold]weymouthfox[/bold] wrote: Due to an inept borough council, Weymouth is sadly bereft of any aspiration bar sell everything the council owns quick! This sort of initiative, though well meaning, will make no difference at all. We need councillors with brains and vision.[/p][/quote]I agree completely. However, we have new leadership at the council. A new political leader and a new CEO. I am sure they will be keen to start making good things happen for the community of Weymouth & Portland. What with the Observer article, the previous decades of stasis and the lost Olympic legacy we should give them our support and encouragement to break the local mould and do something extraordinary. #Weyforward (I am a co-founder) is keen to make the prevailing attitude "can do" and that means embracing new ways of thinking, communicating and collaborating. I personally feel that we can turn this place around a lot quicker than most people think. WeyPeninsula
  • Score: 1
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