Timewalk axed in Brewers Quay plans

Dorset Echo: Chris McDougall, a partner of Brewers Quay with some of the plans Chris McDougall, a partner of Brewers Quay with some of the plans

THE Timewalk will be axed from Brewers Quay amid plans to transform the building into an upmarket development.

It was revealed that the tourist attraction would be replaced by an alternative wet weather attraction at a public exhibition about the development that opened yesterday.

The display was jam-packed with residents and Brewers Quay traders who were able to quiz company representatives behind the development, Brewers Quay LLP.

If planning permission is granted, the building will house a three-star plus hotel, specialist retail outlets, restaurants, cafes and luxury flats and holiday apartments.

Weymouth Museum will remain in the building under the plans.

Chris McDougall, a partner of Brewers Quay LLP, said he would urge more people to come and have their say on the plans.

He said: “We are looking for public feedback about what direction to go in.

“It’s the public’s building. We are looking to improve the Weymouth Museum and we have deliberately planned to give it more space.

“The visitor numbers for the Time Walk have reduced dramatically over the last couple of years so it is not suitable to keep.

“We are looking at putting a wet weather facility in its place.”

He added that all of the existing shops will be offered space in the new development and they will be given the ‘first opportunity’ to show an interest.

But existing tenants expressed concerns about their future.

Nikki Davies, who runs Wowz on Canvas in The Workshop, said: “As a business owner in Brewers Quay I am concerned about the future.

“I would like to be one of the retailers in the new development but whether I will be able to afford the rent, I have no idea.”

Colin Cole, who runs Art Corner, added: “I cannot see that it will be an option to stay here.

“I think they will be looking for upper market specialist shops.”

However, Steve Laker, 58, who works in Weymouth Museum, welcomed the plans.

He said: “I’m pleased to hear that the museum will be staying and expanding.”

Roger Dalton, of Brewers Quay, said he also welcomed the plans despite the fact he will be losing his post as director once construction begins.

He said: “We have to change and move forward.”

A detailed planning application for the Victorian brewery house will be submitted in the autumn and developers say they are hoping it will be complete by December 31.

If planning permission is approved, development will begin in early 2011.

The public exhibition will also be open today and tomorrow between 2pm and 5.30pm.

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12:21pm Fri 6 Aug 10

RobinofLocksley says...

I always thought the Timewalk was a wet-weather facility, anyway.
I always thought the Timewalk was a wet-weather facility, anyway. RobinofLocksley
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12:35pm Fri 6 Aug 10

Doughbun1958 says...

RobinofLocksley wrote:
I always thought the Timewalk was a wet-weather facility, anyway.
Only if it's raining Robin, Like we need specialist retail outlets I always find Bewers Quay an enjoyable morning / afternoon out.I can always rely on the shops to provide that much sought after gift or summat unsual.Plus the sweet shop caters for us diabetics with a good selection of goodies
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[quote][p][bold]RobinofLocksley[/bold] wrote: I always thought the Timewalk was a wet-weather facility, anyway.[/p][/quote]Only if it's raining Robin, Like we need specialist retail outlets I always find Bewers Quay an enjoyable morning / afternoon out.I can always rely on the shops to provide that much sought after gift or summat unsual.Plus the sweet shop caters for us diabetics with a good selection of goodies password rely-fail lol Doughbun1958
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12:08am Sun 8 Aug 10

weymouthfox says...

I went to look at the plans this afternoon. My first thought is where are the 90 cars generated by the 90-bed hotel going to park? Talking to a member of the staff in one of the shops, I discovered that they are all being made redundant at Christmas.
Whatever shops are in the new development will be upmarket, rather than the quirky shops that are there now.
I went to look at the plans this afternoon. My first thought is where are the 90 cars generated by the 90-bed hotel going to park? Talking to a member of the staff in one of the shops, I discovered that they are all being made redundant at Christmas. Whatever shops are in the new development will be upmarket, rather than the quirky shops that are there now. weymouthfox
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3:27pm Sun 8 Aug 10

Trisher56 says...

I am fed up, hearing about the Olympics. Just for 4 weeks in 2012, Weymouth as got all this up evil. Road works, that at the end of it, should make the traffic run better. This is not going to work!

Now they are on about closing the one main Tourist Attractions in the town. Were holiday makers can go in for free, have a look round and buy affordable gifts to take home. Its like going back in time, with the cobble lane with the shops off it. Yes it needs some TLC! But where else can you go in Weymouth, were adults and children can have fun together?

The Timewalk, is the only place in Weymouth that cover’s the history of Weymouth. Yes you have to pay to go in, but its not boring, the children love it especially the cat Miss Paws. The History of Weymouth is coved better than the museum. Locals get in at a lower rate, as long as they have a proof to show they are local.

The Weymouth Museum is very-very boring.

Groups of children with their teacher’s go to the Timewalk. Plus Studies from afar, eg: Japan, China , Germany France, Spain ect. To be educated on local history. Were else can you go to be taken back in time, to the smells and atmosphere of the Black Death?

What will happen to all the listed vat’s and all the hided stuff that is listed?

What will happen to the Easter Festival, Oyster Festival, Halloween Festival, Octoberfest - Beer Festival, Alpaca day, Reindeer day, Lifeboat Charity Event, Christmas Festival, The Victorian Show night, Light up a life night- Weldmar. People come from a far to go to the events. Our family travel down to the events and to support the charity events.

The Victorian Show night, the staff are always dress up in the Victorian costume for about a month, at Christmas. Where else will we get this atmosphere..

The complex, a 90-room hotel, what will they do with it after the Olympics. Turn the whole place into apartments, so the out of town people buy them for holiday homes.

Restaurant and supermarket - what about all the restaurants and the general store - Harbour stores, around Brewers Quay now, putting them out of business.


The shops will sell things that the locals can not afford to buy, or the ordinary holiday makers. Just for the Olympics.

There will be know need for any of us locals to go over there for when this happens.

The newly-formed
Brewers Quay LLP, I see was registered on 1st April 2010.
Who are they? What are their names? Consortium Of Investors, What their names then? Are they some of our local councillors?

This town is going down the pan, big tine! Know one will want to come here, because of the roads and no where to go.

Why didn’t the listed building officer, make sure they kept the building up to standard?

Lets get a petition going, To stop this from happening!
I am fed up, hearing about the Olympics. Just for 4 weeks in 2012, Weymouth as got all this up evil. Road works, that at the end of it, should make the traffic run better. This is not going to work! Now they are on about closing the one main Tourist Attractions in the town. Were holiday makers can go in for free, have a look round and buy affordable gifts to take home. Its like going back in time, with the cobble lane with the shops off it. Yes it needs some TLC! But where else can you go in Weymouth, were adults and children can have fun together? The Timewalk, is the only place in Weymouth that cover’s the history of Weymouth. Yes you have to pay to go in, but its not boring, the children love it especially the cat Miss Paws. The History of Weymouth is coved better than the museum. Locals get in at a lower rate, as long as they have a proof to show they are local. The Weymouth Museum is very-very boring. Groups of children with their teacher’s go to the Timewalk. Plus Studies from afar, eg: Japan, China , Germany France, Spain ect. To be educated on local history. Were else can you go to be taken back in time, to the smells and atmosphere of the Black Death? What will happen to all the listed vat’s and all the hided stuff that is listed? What will happen to the Easter Festival, Oyster Festival, Halloween Festival, Octoberfest - Beer Festival, Alpaca day, Reindeer day, Lifeboat Charity Event, Christmas Festival, The Victorian Show night, Light up a life night- Weldmar. People come from a far to go to the events. Our family travel down to the events and to support the charity events. The Victorian Show night, the staff are always dress up in the Victorian costume for about a month, at Christmas. Where else will we get this atmosphere.. The complex, a 90-room hotel, what will they do with it after the Olympics. Turn the whole place into apartments, so the out of town people buy them for holiday homes. Restaurant and supermarket - what about all the restaurants and the general store - Harbour stores, around Brewers Quay now, putting them out of business. The shops will sell things that the locals can not afford to buy, or the ordinary holiday makers. Just for the Olympics. There will be know need for any of us locals to go over there for when this happens. The newly-formed Brewers Quay LLP, I see was registered on 1st April 2010. Who are they? What are their names? Consortium Of Investors, What their names then? Are they some of our local councillors? This town is going down the pan, big tine! Know one will want to come here, because of the roads and no where to go. Why didn’t the listed building officer, make sure they kept the building up to standard? Lets get a petition going, To stop this from happening! Trisher56
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