New tourist information centre opens to promote the beautiful Isle of Portland

UNVEILED: Richard Drax MP with the help of Angie Mustill and Mike Deadman reveal the commemorative plaque. Inset, inside the visitor’s centre

UNVEILED: Richard Drax MP with the help of Angie Mustill and Mike Deadman reveal the commemorative plaque. Inset, inside the visitor’s centre

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VISITORS to Portland will be better informed after a new tourist centre opened.

The Heights Hotel, which commands breathtaking views of Chesil Beach is hosting the new Isle of Portland visitor information centre.

South Dorset MP Richard Drax unveiled a commemorative plaque watched by guests at an official opening ceremony.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council was awarded a one-off financial contribution of £4,472 to help with the creation of the new facility.

The council closed the TIC at Portland Bill lighthouse last year as part of budget cuts and started looking for ways tourist information could be provided in association with businesses. Weymouth TIC at the Pavilion was also controversially closed as part of the cuts. Information points have sprung up to try and fill the gap.

The council’s management committee chairman Cllr Mike Byatt said: “I’m glad we’ve been able to work with a great local business like the Portland Heights Hotel to make sure visitors carry on getting a good service.

“It is a mutually beneficial arrangement, that fundamentally is great news for visitors and the borough.” The new visitor centre will have information about local attractions, details of events and shows, public transport information, gifts and souvenirs plus an on-site coffee shop and free car parking.

Mike Deadman, Visitor Information Project Assistant at the Portland Heights Hotel, said: “Portland is a fantastic place to visit. If you are looking for the best views around or somewhere to go, people like to know what there is to do.”

Work is also ongoing between local businesses and the borough council to provide long-term visitor information in Weymouth. Interim arrangements for tourist information points have been set up.

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5:21pm Sat 19 Jul 14

weymouthfox says...

Good to see Mike Deadman in charge again. He was at the old TIC and was ever helpful and polite. Amazed councillor Byatt has the nerve to speak up after his council closed both TICs.
Good to see Mike Deadman in charge again. He was at the old TIC and was ever helpful and polite. Amazed councillor Byatt has the nerve to speak up after his council closed both TICs. weymouthfox
  • Score: 7

5:33pm Sat 19 Jul 14

arlbergbahn says...

"Work is also ongoing between local businesses and the borough council to provide long-term visitor information in Weymouth." Seriously? How long does it take? the summer'll be over before the stupid Council make up their minds. Come on, stupid Council, stop filly-fallying about with vague excuses and get on and try to organise something for once in your useless and incompetent careers.
"Work is also ongoing between local businesses and the borough council to provide long-term visitor information in Weymouth." Seriously? How long does it take? the summer'll be over before the stupid Council make up their minds. Come on, stupid Council, stop filly-fallying about with vague excuses and get on and try to organise something for once in your useless and incompetent careers. arlbergbahn
  • Score: 3

9:32pm Sat 19 Jul 14

cosmick says...

Should never of shut any. But then thats WPBC.
Should never of shut any. But then thats WPBC. cosmick
  • Score: 2

4:01pm Tue 22 Jul 14

schadwick says...

how can this be an area of outstanding natural beauty when they want to build yet more homes (albeit on Bumpers lane site) what about the jurassica access who would like to visit and see yet another estate
how can this be an area of outstanding natural beauty when they want to build yet more homes (albeit on Bumpers lane site) what about the jurassica access who would like to visit and see yet another estate schadwick
  • Score: 0

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