Minister vows Weymouth will have more chances at a share of crucial funding

Dorset Echo: Minister vows Weymouth will have more chances at a share of crucial funding Minister vows Weymouth will have more chances at a share of crucial funding

TRANSPORT minister Baroness Kramer said there would be more chances for Dorset to benefit from government funding through the Local Enterprise Partnership.

She spoke on a visit to Bournemouth and Poole yesterday where it was announced that £66.3million Growth Deal funding would be invested in the county for bids in the Strategic Economic Plan.

Most of the money will support projects in the east of the county, including a package of road schemes to improve access to the Port of Poole and Bournemouth Airport.

This has sparked concern locally that Weymouth is missing out on much-needed regeneration funding.

Speaking about the west of the county missing out on Growth Deal funds, Baroness Kramer said: “This has been very much led by the Local Enterprise Partnership.

“They’ve made the decision on the priorities.

“They’ve come to us for money for this year and part of next year but there are six years in this whole programme so I’m expecting they’ll be back to us very soon with the next round of projects that they want to see funded.”

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7:59am Tue 8 Jul 14

arlbergbahn says...

Well, I'd never heard of this Local Enterprise Partnership before the story the other day, and it does seem to be a Poole & Bournemouth organisation. So perhaps the logical thing would be for Weymouth business interests to get together & organise their own? That is, if business interests in Weymouth are interested in getting together and organising something, but they don't seem to do they, they seem to be content to complain about how unfair everything is and how it's all the fault of the Council, but they don't seem to be very proactive.
Well, I'd never heard of this Local Enterprise Partnership before the story the other day, and it does seem to be a Poole & Bournemouth organisation. So perhaps the logical thing would be for Weymouth business interests to get together & organise their own? That is, if business interests in Weymouth are interested in getting together and organising something, but they don't seem to do they, they seem to be content to complain about how unfair everything is and how it's all the fault of the Council, but they don't seem to be very proactive. arlbergbahn
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12:13pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Caption Sensible says...

I am wondering why Weymouth is being singled out here for negative publicity once again by the Echo? Dorchester also missed out, but somehow that has not been mentioned. So why just Weymouth?

In regards to the LEP, get some serious Weymouth & Portland representation on there!!
I am wondering why Weymouth is being singled out here for negative publicity once again by the Echo? Dorchester also missed out, but somehow that has not been mentioned. So why just Weymouth? In regards to the LEP, get some serious Weymouth & Portland representation on there!! Caption Sensible
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5:48am Wed 9 Jul 14

weymouthfox says...

Is this partnership something our totally useless and wasteful Weymouth BID could get involved in? All they have done so far is to create a highly paid job for an ex-councillor. And what is the Chamber of Commerce doing besides smiling sweetly?
Is this partnership something our totally useless and wasteful Weymouth BID could get involved in? All they have done so far is to create a highly paid job for an ex-councillor. And what is the Chamber of Commerce doing besides smiling sweetly? weymouthfox
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