Residents divided over plans for holiday park in Portland

NOT HAPPY: Residents Anaick Ankers, David Ankers, Maureen Perkins, Simon Perkins, Charlotte Evans and Betty Mitchell in front of the fields where the football pitches are proposed

NOT HAPPY: Residents Anaick Ankers, David Ankers, Maureen Perkins, Simon Perkins, Charlotte Evans and Betty Mitchell in front of the fields where the football pitches are proposed

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THE proposed development has divided residents on their views on whether it will benefit the community or not.

Anthony and Tracey Storey, who run The George pub in Reforne, said they think it will boost local businesses and offer employment opportunities for residents.

Mrs Storey said: “I think it looks fantastic.

“Creating more jobs is brilliant, anything that will put something back into use and be functional is great.

“We’ve got two young children and our son has just started with the football club, so the new pitches will make him very happy.

“The climbing centre looks great too, a lot of people say to us that they can’t believe there’s not a central climbing shop or anything on Portland .”

Mr Storey said: “Just having the Harmonic Fields has had a more positive impact on our trade than the Olympics did and anything that brings more people to the island is great.

“They will obviously explore which will benefit local businesses like us.”

Some locals are against the idea and say it will spoil the beauty of Portland.

Dave Owen, of Weston Street, said he does not want a holiday village on the island.

He said: “Portland is unique we wish to keep it that way.

“We do not need another holiday village, particularly on Portland.”

Maureen Perkins, of Weston Street, said residents had not been properly informed about the proposed development.

“I live opposite where the football ground would be and I only heard about it through word of mouth.

“It’s a massive thing so the fact that there was nothing advertising it is awful.

“At the moment the land is rural and I don’t want a football pitch.

“It’s such a big development and I feel we should have been told about it.”

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11:12am Sat 8 Sep 12

missy77 says...

I think it's such a great idea, will be set lower down so minimal visual impact, putting something back into the community, bringing in business for the holiday park and the locals, providing sporting arenas for the kids (bmx track, climbing centre, football) or you could have a building development there like officers field? Come on guys lets get us some great new facilities!!
I think it's such a great idea, will be set lower down so minimal visual impact, putting something back into the community, bringing in business for the holiday park and the locals, providing sporting arenas for the kids (bmx track, climbing centre, football) or you could have a building development there like officers field? Come on guys lets get us some great new facilities!! missy77
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11:54am Sat 8 Sep 12

marriedwith3 says...

i think its a great idea and i hope it get the go ahead Portland is a fantastic place and we should be showing it off more.
i think its a great idea and i hope it get the go ahead Portland is a fantastic place and we should be showing it off more. marriedwith3
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2:56pm Sat 8 Sep 12

niceonecyril says...

"Some locals are against the idea and say it will spoil the beauty of Portland."

For real? Seriously? A nuclear bomb would cause massive improvements !
"Some locals are against the idea and say it will spoil the beauty of Portland." For real? Seriously? A nuclear bomb would cause massive improvements ! niceonecyril
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9:31pm Sat 8 Sep 12

Crabber says...

niceonecyril wrote:
"Some locals are against the idea and say it will spoil the beauty of Portland."

For real? Seriously? A nuclear bomb would cause massive improvements !
notice you don't say where you are from?. If you don't like Portland don't bloody come her we don't need the likes of you anyway we already have enough di*kheads. I like many many others will welocome this development when it arrives, it is a very good idea and I am left wondering about all the NIMBY'S and if any of them bothered to go to the excellent exhibition held on Thursday? Well presented and very informative and guess what 99% will be built in the existing quarry which if anyone does not know is well below ground level and will not be seen from the roads and what will be seen from Wesson or Avalanche will be pleasing on the eyes. BRING IT ON JEFF
[quote][p][bold]niceonecyril[/bold] wrote: "Some locals are against the idea and say it will spoil the beauty of Portland." For real? Seriously? A nuclear bomb would cause massive improvements ![/p][/quote]notice you don't say where you are from?. If you don't like Portland don't bloody come her we don't need the likes of you anyway we already have enough di*kheads. I like many many others will welocome this development when it arrives, it is a very good idea and I am left wondering about all the NIMBY'S and if any of them bothered to go to the excellent exhibition held on Thursday? Well presented and very informative and guess what 99% will be built in the existing quarry which if anyone does not know is well below ground level and will not be seen from the roads and what will be seen from Wesson or Avalanche will be pleasing on the eyes. BRING IT ON JEFF Crabber
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1:41pm Mon 10 Sep 12

PortlandYoof says...

oh and as for the comment on Tesco's.. the only person living in Weymouth on the entire staffrole that I know of is the manager, who moved from a Weymouth store to the Portland one after a promotion..!

Jobs, economy boost, bringing in all the money we can. Instead of whinging, embrace it for crying out loud, before all we've got going for us is some fancy bloody bus stop signs that don't even work properly!
oh and as for the comment on Tesco's.. the only person living in Weymouth on the entire staffrole that I know of is the manager, who moved from a Weymouth store to the Portland one after a promotion..! Jobs, economy boost, bringing in all the money we can. Instead of whinging, embrace it for crying out loud, before all we've got going for us is some fancy bloody bus stop signs that don't even work properly! PortlandYoof
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11:36am Sat 15 Sep 12

shawno says...

have people forgotten this land is used by horses and has been for many, many years... but yet its ok 2 take the land away from the horses after all this time so people can benefit from it but would it be the same if it was the over way round and i destroyed a football pitch so my horse had somewhere to live? im sure most of the island would kick up a big fuss
have people forgotten this land is used by horses and has been for many, many years... but yet its ok 2 take the land away from the horses after all this time so people can benefit from it but would it be the same if it was the over way round and i destroyed a football pitch so my horse had somewhere to live? im sure most of the island would kick up a big fuss shawno
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