Knock-on effects of absence of Condor

Dorset Echo: REVENUE CALL: Mayor Margaret Leicester REVENUE CALL: Mayor Margaret Leicester

BOROUGH Mayor Margaret Leicester, who will propose to the Management Committee that all revenue gained from the harbour is ring-fenced and spent on the harbour, says she is not surprised the repair bill has shot up – and wouldn’t be surprised if it rises further.

She added: “It’s a big job and I don’t even think they have done a full assessment, there’s more work to do than they think.”

Colin Green, who runs Weymouth Sands guesthouse near the ferry terminal, said Condor’s absence had ‘hit the business hard’ especially in the quieter parts of the year.

He added: “I have very little faith the repair work will be done in time and the ferry will be back in March. The council allowed the quay to get into the state it has and I’m not sure they have the capability to sort it out.”

Martin James of Kelston guesthouse in Lennox Street reckons he has lost ‘at least £2-3,000’ this year as a result of Condor not being here.

He said: “It’s not just us, it’s the shops, restaurants, taxi firms; it has a knock-on effect.

“We all want Condor back but the longer it goes on the less chance we think it will happen.”

Coun John Birtwistle said: “We’ve raked in money from the harbour for years and allowed it to fall into the water. If £4million is what it takes to turn Weymouth into a premier ferry port then that’s what it takes.

“Condor wants to come back and we want them back.”

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11:10am Wed 26 Sep 12

monkeydog says...

The penny drops! Panic at council offices.
The penny drops! Panic at council offices. monkeydog
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11:33am Wed 26 Sep 12

JelliedEel says...

There once was a ferry named Condor
who loved Weymouth town the fonder
when the harbour went pop
the Council did squat
and the ferry named Condor did wander
There once was a ferry named Condor who loved Weymouth town the fonder when the harbour went pop the Council did squat and the ferry named Condor did wander JelliedEel
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1:06pm Wed 26 Sep 12

lostnfound says...

JelliedEel
You are a poet and we didn't knowit (:o))
JelliedEel You are a poet and we didn't knowit (:o)) lostnfound
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2:42pm Wed 26 Sep 12

rudolph_hucker says...

There once was a ferry called Condor
Whose income the council did squander
When the quay broke
The mayoress spoke
But the repair was simply beyond her.
There once was a ferry called Condor Whose income the council did squander When the quay broke The mayoress spoke But the repair was simply beyond her. rudolph_hucker
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10:43pm Wed 26 Sep 12

snowleopard says...

Condor came and went away
Over to Poole so far to stay
4 million quid to mend the quay
Seems rather a lot of money to me
All these cutbacks but they'll get the cash
Hoping Condor back will dash
Condor came and went away Over to Poole so far to stay 4 million quid to mend the quay Seems rather a lot of money to me All these cutbacks but they'll get the cash Hoping Condor back will dash snowleopard
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