Bright future envisioned in new plans for Weymouth

Dorset Echo: Bright future envisioned in new plans for Weymouth Bright future envisioned in new plans for Weymouth

MORE housing, jobs, investment and prosperity are the key drivers behind a new master-plan for Weymouth.

The borough council will be holding a series of public events next month to show the ideas for creating a ‘thriving town centre that is a vibrant place to live, work and play.’ The approach includes looking at developing everything from traffic and transport to shops, restaurants and facilities. It wants businesses and residents to get involved and shape the plan as it develops.

The area the plan will cover includes the Pavilion peninsula, harbourside, town centre shopping area, Esplanade and area around the train station.

First steps for developing a vision include a series of pop-up events for the public to attend which are expected to be held in August. Dates will be published shortly.

The council says community involvement is at its heart of the plans and attracting investors to ‘buy into’ the vision is a crucial part of taking the project forward.

Cllr Ray Nowak, briefholder for economic regeneration, said: “To achieve economic growth we need to attract investment and make best use of our great assets such as the harbour. To realise this vision we need a strategic plan for the town centre.

“It’s an ambitious, long-term plan and we want everyone to work together for the benefit of the town. We’re having very positive, progressive meetings so far with a number of partners including Weymouth BID, Chamber of Commerce, Dorset LEP and Dorset County Council.

“We want to bring more housing and jobs into the town centre and look at ways to best use vacant and underused sites.

“There is also a focus on creating a thriving waterfront, busy shopping area and look at how traffic, pedestrians and public transport is all managed.

“It is an all-inclusive approach, but it will require investment from commercial businesses.

“We are intending to complete the strategic plan within six months and hope this will enable us to secure forward looking investment opportunities.”

The plan will clarify the vision for the town over the next 15-20 years.

The plan will also take into account the business cases for both Condor Ferries’ continuation alongside the development of the peninsula as part of the strategic economic vision.

The borough council is leading the plan and says it is limited in the amount of investment it can make directly, but funding is hoped to be raised by working in partnership with developers. The council also can’t change things like business rates which are set by central government or control the cost of rent, house prices or cost of premises.

After feedback from the public and businesses, a working group made up of councillors with cross-party support will look at providing a direction and focus to develop the plan.

It is hoped an agreed strategy will be in place by early 2015.

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9:39am Wed 16 Jul 14

MrTomSmith says...

Confused or what, it seems like it's open season for anyone to say anything, or to sell newspapers. I don't suppose these "pop up events" are going to be cheap. I think the public would be happy for this lot to go away, sit in a room together and come back with a plan, and then get on with it. We have so many different interests pulling in their own direction for their own gain.
Bid, Chamber of Commerce, Council, Jason West and his vision. But private investment means flats, don't get too excited about nice new shops, it will mean flats.
Confused or what, it seems like it's open season for anyone to say anything, or to sell newspapers. I don't suppose these "pop up events" are going to be cheap. I think the public would be happy for this lot to go away, sit in a room together and come back with a plan, and then get on with it. We have so many different interests pulling in their own direction for their own gain. Bid, Chamber of Commerce, Council, Jason West and his vision. But private investment means flats, don't get too excited about nice new shops, it will mean flats. MrTomSmith
  • Score: 3

9:45am Wed 16 Jul 14

7drawers says...

Count me in
Count me in 7drawers
  • Score: 4

9:54am Wed 16 Jul 14

banknote says...

Good luck to them.

But it's 40 years too late!
Good luck to them. But it's 40 years too late! banknote
  • Score: 7

10:09am Wed 16 Jul 14

PHonnor says...

Exactly what is needed and I hope those in charge can pull it off!
Exactly what is needed and I hope those in charge can pull it off! PHonnor
  • Score: 12

10:30am Wed 16 Jul 14

shy talk says...

Well it seems the more housing plan has started with Betterment Properties asking for planning permission (Ref: WP/14/0054/CWC). To build on Curtis Field land south of Chickerell Road, Weymouth.
Well it seems the more housing plan has started with Betterment Properties asking for planning permission (Ref: WP/14/0054/CWC). To build on Curtis Field land south of Chickerell Road, Weymouth. shy talk
  • Score: 9

10:48am Wed 16 Jul 14

kimberlin001 says...

What make anybody think that businesses will come to Weymouth, the road infrastructure in Dorset is appalling for any manufacturer. Until this has been addressed the rest is just platitudes.
What make anybody think that businesses will come to Weymouth, the road infrastructure in Dorset is appalling for any manufacturer. Until this has been addressed the rest is just platitudes. kimberlin001
  • Score: 8

12:12pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Naturalised southerner says...

You also have to remember that any changes will have to get past the keep Weymouth in the Georgian Period NIMBYS.
This will never happen just like the last time they tried to modernise the Pavilion Peninsula.
You also have to remember that any changes will have to get past the keep Weymouth in the Georgian Period NIMBYS. This will never happen just like the last time they tried to modernise the Pavilion Peninsula. Naturalised southerner
  • Score: 11

12:40pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Weymouth Guy says...

Yes we do need more jobs here. Is this from the same council that is moving virtually its entire operations out of Weymouth? Shame it doesn't support the local economy in anything but empty words and "consultations".
Yes we do need more jobs here. Is this from the same council that is moving virtually its entire operations out of Weymouth? Shame it doesn't support the local economy in anything but empty words and "consultations". Weymouth Guy
  • Score: 13

1:54pm Wed 16 Jul 14

MrTomSmith says...

The thing is, it is very difficult to do anything until the Condor situation is resolved. It does make a massive difference if its going to operational or not. While I do think they need to get on with it, they also need to get this issue sorted first. If it goes, then it has to be all systems go for a fully pedestrianised area around Ali Gardens, in fact they can flatten that and start again as well. Nice to have a grassed area, and a few rides, but it can be much better than it is. Not sure about the slot machines though, their time is up, don't you think?

All the bars along the sea front can all pull their chairs out into the sunshine. No pollution, Noise. Same along the Harbourside, get rid of the cars. Then you can have your bike lanes all over the place. It would be heaven, and it would bring the crowds flocking back to Weymouth.

I am convinced Weymouth can make more money without Condor than with it. The ideas are endless on the peninsula once that has gone.I am not against the Ferry company, just I really don't think our small town can really accommodate it any longer.

There you go consultation, free.
The thing is, it is very difficult to do anything until the Condor situation is resolved. It does make a massive difference if its going to operational or not. While I do think they need to get on with it, they also need to get this issue sorted first. If it goes, then it has to be all systems go for a fully pedestrianised area around Ali Gardens, in fact they can flatten that and start again as well. Nice to have a grassed area, and a few rides, but it can be much better than it is. Not sure about the slot machines though, their time is up, don't you think? All the bars along the sea front can all pull their chairs out into the sunshine. No pollution, Noise. Same along the Harbourside, get rid of the cars. Then you can have your bike lanes all over the place. It would be heaven, and it would bring the crowds flocking back to Weymouth. I am convinced Weymouth can make more money without Condor than with it. The ideas are endless on the peninsula once that has gone.I am not against the Ferry company, just I really don't think our small town can really accommodate it any longer. There you go consultation, free. MrTomSmith
  • Score: 9

1:58pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Caption Sensible says...

Naturalised southerner wrote:
You also have to remember that any changes will have to get past the keep Weymouth in the Georgian Period NIMBYS.
This will never happen just like the last time they tried to modernise the Pavilion Peninsula.
And one of the leaders of the protest group is still a current councillor!
[quote][p][bold]Naturalised southerner[/bold] wrote: You also have to remember that any changes will have to get past the keep Weymouth in the Georgian Period NIMBYS. This will never happen just like the last time they tried to modernise the Pavilion Peninsula.[/p][/quote]And one of the leaders of the protest group is still a current councillor! Caption Sensible
  • Score: 4

4:35pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Behemoth says...

Hi Tom

It will probably mean some flats in order to pay for the project. I think it's important to remember that shops need to be interesting, creative and event/experience focused. Why visit a town centre for shopping when it can be done cheaper online? The economy has changed shops and businesses need to change their focus I think. An all-inclusive creative and interesting/interact
ive facility will be pretty good, I reckon. Consultation can transform into inspiration.

I can't see why people can't pull in the same direction for the town and it's people's benefit. I think it's happening somewhat already. It just needs people that are disinterested to lead and then it becomes something really positive. I know it's hard to believe but there are people that aren't in it for the money or the power or anything other than the joy of seeing something come together and flourish.
Hi Tom It will probably mean some flats in order to pay for the project. I think it's important to remember that shops need to be interesting, creative and event/experience focused. Why visit a town centre for shopping when it can be done cheaper online? The economy has changed shops and businesses need to change their focus I think. An all-inclusive creative and interesting/interact ive facility will be pretty good, I reckon. Consultation can transform into inspiration. I can't see why people can't pull in the same direction for the town and it's people's benefit. I think it's happening somewhat already. It just needs people that are disinterested to lead and then it becomes something really positive. I know it's hard to believe but there are people that aren't in it for the money or the power or anything other than the joy of seeing something come together and flourish. Behemoth
  • Score: 7

4:38pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Behemoth says...

kimberlin001 wrote:
What make anybody think that businesses will come to Weymouth, the road infrastructure in Dorset is appalling for any manufacturer. Until this has been addressed the rest is just platitudes.
Businesses can come to Weymouth if the conditions are right. Businesses could even start here and become massive. Think online, innovation and supportive conditions... We need to stop thinking 20th Century.
[quote][p][bold]kimberlin001[/bold] wrote: What make anybody think that businesses will come to Weymouth, the road infrastructure in Dorset is appalling for any manufacturer. Until this has been addressed the rest is just platitudes.[/p][/quote]Businesses can come to Weymouth if the conditions are right. Businesses could even start here and become massive. Think online, innovation and supportive conditions... We need to stop thinking 20th Century. Behemoth
  • Score: 6

4:48pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Simon Nicholas says...

Naturalised southerner wrote:
You also have to remember that any changes will have to get past the keep Weymouth in the Georgian Period NIMBYS.
This will never happen just like the last time they tried to modernise the Pavilion Peninsula.
Perfectly true, and very well said!

Cheers
Simon N.
[quote][p][bold]Naturalised southerner[/bold] wrote: You also have to remember that any changes will have to get past the keep Weymouth in the Georgian Period NIMBYS. This will never happen just like the last time they tried to modernise the Pavilion Peninsula.[/p][/quote]Perfectly true, and very well said! Cheers Simon N. Simon Nicholas
  • Score: 1

6:02pm Wed 16 Jul 14

MrTomSmith says...

Simon Nicholas wrote:
Naturalised southerner wrote:
You also have to remember that any changes will have to get past the keep Weymouth in the Georgian Period NIMBYS.
This will never happen just like the last time they tried to modernise the Pavilion Peninsula.
Perfectly true, and very well said!

Cheers
Simon N.
Is it true through? It was going ahead until the company went bankrupt, so I don't think that is true.
[quote][p][bold]Simon Nicholas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Naturalised southerner[/bold] wrote: You also have to remember that any changes will have to get past the keep Weymouth in the Georgian Period NIMBYS. This will never happen just like the last time they tried to modernise the Pavilion Peninsula.[/p][/quote]Perfectly true, and very well said! Cheers Simon N.[/p][/quote]Is it true through? It was going ahead until the company went bankrupt, so I don't think that is true. MrTomSmith
  • Score: 1

12:28pm Thu 17 Jul 14

kimberlin001 says...

Behemoth wrote:
kimberlin001 wrote:
What make anybody think that businesses will come to Weymouth, the road infrastructure in Dorset is appalling for any manufacturer. Until this has been addressed the rest is just platitudes.
Businesses can come to Weymouth if the conditions are right. Businesses could even start here and become massive. Think online, innovation and supportive conditions... We need to stop thinking 20th Century.
Whilst I admire you optimism and sentiment the north west of this country would be a boom place if that was so. If you are not within the catchment area of London and the south east you are always going to struggle to attract the types of business that will meet the needs of the majority of the population. the high end tech companies will do little to bring work to Weymouth as they have already got the staff they need to meet their business needs.
[quote][p][bold]Behemoth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kimberlin001[/bold] wrote: What make anybody think that businesses will come to Weymouth, the road infrastructure in Dorset is appalling for any manufacturer. Until this has been addressed the rest is just platitudes.[/p][/quote]Businesses can come to Weymouth if the conditions are right. Businesses could even start here and become massive. Think online, innovation and supportive conditions... We need to stop thinking 20th Century.[/p][/quote]Whilst I admire you optimism and sentiment the north west of this country would be a boom place if that was so. If you are not within the catchment area of London and the south east you are always going to struggle to attract the types of business that will meet the needs of the majority of the population. the high end tech companies will do little to bring work to Weymouth as they have already got the staff they need to meet their business needs. kimberlin001
  • Score: 0

1:24pm Thu 17 Jul 14

The Fish says...

shy talk wrote:
Well it seems the more housing plan has started with Betterment Properties asking for planning permission (Ref: WP/14/0054/CWC). To build on Curtis Field land south of Chickerell Road, Weymouth.
Being that the top soil has already been removed, Betterment expect it to be a formailty :(
[quote][p][bold]shy talk[/bold] wrote: Well it seems the more housing plan has started with Betterment Properties asking for planning permission (Ref: WP/14/0054/CWC). To build on Curtis Field land south of Chickerell Road, Weymouth.[/p][/quote]Being that the top soil has already been removed, Betterment expect it to be a formailty :( The Fish
  • Score: 2

11:20pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Portlandjerry says...

Well said Behemoth,good transport links by road are essential to bring better employment prospects to this area.
We could start by getting the road to Portland Port from Chickerell built alongside the Fleet thus unlocking the huge potential of one of the largest deep water ports in the World,bringing varied job opportunities and removing the blight of traffic from Wyke ,Rodwell etc .
Perhaps then Weymouth town centre could be tarted up a bit!
Well said Behemoth,good transport links by road are essential to bring better employment prospects to this area. We could start by getting the road to Portland Port from Chickerell built alongside the Fleet thus unlocking the huge potential of one of the largest deep water ports in the World,bringing varied job opportunities and removing the blight of traffic from Wyke ,Rodwell etc . Perhaps then Weymouth town centre could be tarted up a bit! Portlandjerry
  • Score: -1
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