Heated exchange over future of Weymouth's seafront chalets

Dorset Echo: DEBATE: The chalets at Greenhill Gardens DEBATE: The chalets at Greenhill Gardens

MORE than 50 residents took part in a heated exchange over the future of seafront chalets in Weymouth.

The exchange took place at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s management committee.

Councillors have agreed to openly market the Greenhill chalets and associated facilities, whilst allowing another community group more time to submit a proposal.

The Chalet Users Community Group (CUCG) submitted a business plan in May, and representatives arrived at the management committee expecting to hear an outcome.

Committee members considered a report by David Evans, director of environment.

He described CUCG’s plan as ‘potentially sustainable’ subject to financial and legal arrangements.

His report revealed a second community group, Friends of Greenhill Gardens, could be in a position to present their proposals within three to six months of receiving confirmation of the council’s interest.

Mr Evans recommended members agree to one of two options.

This included inviting the two community groups to submit proposals by November 1 to lease the chalets and associated facilities.

The second option involved openly marketing by informal tender the opportunity to take a lease for up to 125 years. David White, 65, a chalet owner, travelled from Yeovil for the committee.

He said: “We were supposed to have the agreement today. It’s going on and on. All they are doing is going round and round in circles. It was going to be the final decision today we were told.”

Speaking at the committee, Cllr Ian Bruce said: “It’s trying to find the best possible solution to move forward.

“I believe we should move forward with both routes and move as quickly as possible. We must give everybody a fair chance.

“It’s not something that the councillors are trying to do down.”

Cllr Mike Goodman said he did not want to exclude the community group from the process.

He said: “I have enormous sympathy for the community group that wants to take this on. It’s a colossal project for a community group to run with. It needs to be set up as a well-funded company and organisation.”

One resident who wished to remain anonymous said: “They have let it go on and on and they are saying let’s get another six months and hopefully people will go away.

“They don’t want the little group to take over, they want the big group.”

Cllr Mike Byatt, chairman of the management committee, said: “I recognise that this is a really important issue for local residents and we are trying as best we can to ensure that we get the best possible outcome.”

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10:55am Sat 5 Jul 14

rjimmer says...

Every time I see the word 'community', I think of Committees, Camels, arguments, communism, the Soviet Union...............
Every time I see the word 'community', I think of Committees, Camels, arguments, communism, the Soviet Union............... rjimmer
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1:15pm Sat 5 Jul 14

westbaywonder says...

rjimmer wrote:
Every time I see the word 'community', I think of Committees, Camels, arguments, communism, the Soviet Union...............
Me too,then i have a vision in my head that often leads to a nightmare, that vision is The Angry Man of the rock- Denton White. LOL
[quote][p][bold]rjimmer[/bold] wrote: Every time I see the word 'community', I think of Committees, Camels, arguments, communism, the Soviet Union...............[/p][/quote]Me too,then i have a vision in my head that often leads to a nightmare, that vision is The Angry Man of the rock- Denton White. LOL westbaywonder
  • Score: -1

2:38pm Sat 5 Jul 14

MrTomSmith says...

Would make a nice cycle path with elevated view.
Would make a nice cycle path with elevated view. MrTomSmith
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6:11pm Sat 5 Jul 14

PHonnor says...

Community facilities should not end up in private hands end of, maybe a combined group could submit a joint plan?
Community facilities should not end up in private hands end of, maybe a combined group could submit a joint plan? PHonnor
  • Score: 2

7:51pm Sat 5 Jul 14

MrTomSmith says...

Seriously I hope they get this sorted as soon as possible, what mystifies me is how can WPBC can own two of the best bits of land in Weymouth the Pavilion and Greenhill Gardens and have to have them run by Community Groups. They should both be making money. But as the years go by and costs go up they just drag their heels and then duck out at the last minute leaving the place in a right run down state. GET OUT NOW WPBC and give these people a chance to sort it out.

I don't think we have the worst council in UK, I know we have.
Seriously I hope they get this sorted as soon as possible, what mystifies me is how can WPBC can own two of the best bits of land in Weymouth the Pavilion and Greenhill Gardens and have to have them run by Community Groups. They should both be making money. But as the years go by and costs go up they just drag their heels and then duck out at the last minute leaving the place in a right run down state. GET OUT NOW WPBC and give these people a chance to sort it out. I don't think we have the worst council in UK, I know we have. MrTomSmith
  • Score: 3

8:54pm Sat 5 Jul 14

weymouthfox says...

What the council are really waiting for is a company like Howard Holdings to propose building 12 storey flats on the tennis courts. The chalets are just a sideshow.
What the council are really waiting for is a company like Howard Holdings to propose building 12 storey flats on the tennis courts. The chalets are just a sideshow. weymouthfox
  • Score: 6
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