Weymouth and Portland Council to make multi-million-pound decision

Dorset Echo: FACING DEMOLITION: The Ferrybridge pub FACING DEMOLITION: The Ferrybridge pub

BUSINESSES are making a last-minute plea to council chiefs to safeguard the route of a road they say will aid growth and reduce congestion.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council planners are due to make a decision tomorrow on a multi-million-pound development on the site of the Ferrybridge Inn, on the edge of Weymouth.

Allowing building there would rule out any chance of the Western Relief Route being built between Ferrybridge and Chickerell.

The Western Route is the ‘missing link’ in a road network that included the Chickerell Link Road and the Weymouth Relief Road. It was withdrawn by local authorities from development plans but there is a strong feeling it still has a future and its path must be protected.

The controversial route passes close to the environmentally-sensitive Fleet.

But supporters say better road links bypassing the congested Wyke Regis corridor would boost Portland’s economy.

Bosses at Portland Port compiled a questionnaire for islanders asking for views.

From the 200 it sent out, 54 were returned all supporting proper debate and consultation on the Western Relief Route.

Firms supporting the debate include Sunsee-ker International, Hull Gregson & Hull Portland Ltd, The Boat That Rocks, The Heights Hotel, Osprey Leisure Centre and Manor Marine.

Portland Port’s commercial manager Ian McQuade said: “If the Ferrybridge proposal goes through on Wednesday that means the road will never happen.

“This would spell disaster for Portland’s local economy, and the buoyancy of the regional economy.

“We have over 50 businesses and residents telling us they want a proper debate, consultation and evidence informing decisions by Dorset County Council, Wey-mouth and Portland Borough Council, and West Dorset District Council regarding issues on highways connections to Portland. We need them to listen to us before it is too late.”

Angie Mustill of the Heights Hotel said: “This would be a vital link that would assist with tourism to Portland. Our customers regularly complain about the congestion and delays in getting directly to the island.”

And Deborah Sare, who runs Contemporary Cottages, said: “It is absolutely crazy to let this development go ahead and lose the option of the road altogether.”

Weymouth Civic Society also believes the path of the route should be protected, saying the road was becoming ‘increasingly necessary.’

Restaurant And Homes Scheme

A REPORT to Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s planning and traffic committee backs the Ferrybridge Inn scheme, subject to conditions including further investigations into contributions towards off-site affordable housing.

The application involves demolishing the pub and building a restaurant and 30-unit residential development.

Comments from Dorset County Council as the highway authority are included in the report.

It says it has not been possible to continue to reserve the Western Relief Route corridor in development plans because there is no funding available and it is unlikely the road will get permission because of its proximity to sensitive sites.

There is an ‘aspiration’ to relieve the A354 through Rodwell and Wyke but this won’t be done before 2026.

The county council says if it were to block the pub plan to preserve the path of the road it would be slapped with a blight notice to compensate the owner for the development value of the land, running into millions.

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3:31pm Tue 16 Oct 12

bootedsw says...

The missing link is never likely to happen it would have to pass thru two holiday parks and also past an active military range or cut across the budmouth school.
The missing link is never likely to happen it would have to pass thru two holiday parks and also past an active military range or cut across the budmouth school. bootedsw

4:20pm Tue 16 Oct 12

JoeyJo says...

And then would Portland Port want a dual carriageway across the causeway?
And then would Portland Port want a dual carriageway across the causeway? JoeyJo

6:25pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Caption Sensible says...

The Rodwell Trail?
The Rodwell Trail? Caption Sensible

10:50pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Harpya Orkinus says...

WHY is it always about "business" ?? As if nothing and no-one else matters!! To date, a horrendous road has been built along the Western shore of Radipole Lake, bringing a deafening, insane racket to the Nature Reserve - for the convenience of business. Then there was the side-road to the Granby, trashing part of the Chafey's Lake Nature Reserve - for the convenience of "business" (funny how "business" was unwilling to sacrifice part of ITS golf course for this noble purpose, wasn't it ??) Then we had the so-called relief road driven through part of the Lorton Nature Reserve (owned by Dorset Wildlife Trust, of which I am a member) and through part of Two-mile Copse (owned by the Woodland Trust, of which I am also a member) and the related trashing of a nearby field (Ten Oaks) where ten huge, ancient Oak trees once stood in a line, to make the park-and-ride facility - all for the greater convenience of business. Isn't it about time we took the gloves off to these destroyers of our planet and said a final, firm "NO !!!!"
A final point - the Ferrybridge Inn is a local landmark, and has been for as long as I can remember. If trashed, you can bet it will be replaced by something modern, soulless and tasteless, for the simple reason that BUSINESS of today has TOTALLY forgotten how to design and build an attractive edifice. Like the so-called 'modern' art of the likes of Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, it would be completely innocent of anything even remotely resembling talent ....
WHY is it always about "business" ?? As if nothing and no-one else matters!! To date, a horrendous road has been built along the Western shore of Radipole Lake, bringing a deafening, insane racket to the Nature Reserve - for the convenience of business. Then there was the side-road to the Granby, trashing part of the Chafey's Lake Nature Reserve - for the convenience of "business" (funny how "business" was unwilling to sacrifice part of ITS golf course for this noble purpose, wasn't it ??) Then we had the so-called relief road driven through part of the Lorton Nature Reserve (owned by Dorset Wildlife Trust, of which I am a member) and through part of Two-mile Copse (owned by the Woodland Trust, of which I am also a member) and the related trashing of a nearby field (Ten Oaks) where ten huge, ancient Oak trees once stood in a line, to make the park-and-ride facility - all for the greater convenience of business. Isn't it about time we took the gloves off to these destroyers of our planet and said a final, firm "NO !!!!" A final point - the Ferrybridge Inn is a local landmark, and has been for as long as I can remember. If trashed, you can bet it will be replaced by something modern, soulless and tasteless, for the simple reason that BUSINESS of today has TOTALLY forgotten how to design and build an attractive edifice. Like the so-called 'modern' art of the likes of Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, it would be completely innocent of anything even remotely resembling talent .... Harpya Orkinus

9:41am Wed 17 Oct 12

Artstudent says...

This road is essential... so that some businesses can make larger profits and those that own the land along the fleet can get richer through compensation and by then being able to build housing along the route. Never mind it would trash a world heritage site and SSI or that it would cost millions to us, the tax payers. This would not be a relief road, just another road, why not tarmac the country, paint a white line up the middle and place petrol station at each end? Then we can all drive round in circles forever.
This road is essential... so that some businesses can make larger profits and those that own the land along the fleet can get richer through compensation and by then being able to build housing along the route. Never mind it would trash a world heritage site and SSI or that it would cost millions to us, the tax payers. This would not be a relief road, just another road, why not tarmac the country, paint a white line up the middle and place petrol station at each end? Then we can all drive round in circles forever. Artstudent

11:30am Thu 18 Oct 12

DickDastardly says...

Ban the bomb.
Ban the bomb. DickDastardly

12:56pm Thu 18 Oct 12

chesilboy says...

Harpya Orkinus wrote:
WHY is it always about "business" ?? As if nothing and no-one else matters!! To date, a horrendous road has been built along the Western shore of Radipole Lake, bringing a deafening, insane racket to the Nature Reserve - for the convenience of business. Then there was the side-road to the Granby, trashing part of the Chafey's Lake Nature Reserve - for the convenience of "business" (funny how "business" was unwilling to sacrifice part of ITS golf course for this noble purpose, wasn't it ??) Then we had the so-called relief road driven through part of the Lorton Nature Reserve (owned by Dorset Wildlife Trust, of which I am a member) and through part of Two-mile Copse (owned by the Woodland Trust, of which I am also a member) and the related trashing of a nearby field (Ten Oaks) where ten huge, ancient Oak trees once stood in a line, to make the park-and-ride facility - all for the greater convenience of business. Isn't it about time we took the gloves off to these destroyers of our planet and said a final, firm "NO !!!!"
A final point - the Ferrybridge Inn is a local landmark, and has been for as long as I can remember. If trashed, you can bet it will be replaced by something modern, soulless and tasteless, for the simple reason that BUSINESS of today has TOTALLY forgotten how to design and build an attractive edifice. Like the so-called 'modern' art of the likes of Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, it would be completely innocent of anything even remotely resembling talent ....
Wow, this post is fantastic.

Using more adjectives doesn't correct a biased viewpoint. Where do I start....?

Is the Weymouth Way 'horrendous', bringing a 'deafening insane racket' to the Nature Reserve? - No.

Is the Weymouth Way just for the convenience of business? - No.

What does Weymouth Golf CLUB have to with "business" and if you build the road through there, would those trees not count?

The new "so-called" relief road is not "so-called". It is definitely a relief road.

The park and ride is not just "all for the greater convenience of business". You could use if you like, but better check the bus doesn't go down Weymouth Way.

The Ferrybridge Inn may be a local landmark, but to imply it is an attractive edifice is possibly pushing it a tad too far. If it was to be demolished for a modern replacement I'd turn up with my own hammer.

Are all modern buildings designed by Hirst and Emin?
[quote][p][bold]Harpya Orkinus[/bold] wrote: WHY is it always about "business" ?? As if nothing and no-one else matters!! To date, a horrendous road has been built along the Western shore of Radipole Lake, bringing a deafening, insane racket to the Nature Reserve - for the convenience of business. Then there was the side-road to the Granby, trashing part of the Chafey's Lake Nature Reserve - for the convenience of "business" (funny how "business" was unwilling to sacrifice part of ITS golf course for this noble purpose, wasn't it ??) Then we had the so-called relief road driven through part of the Lorton Nature Reserve (owned by Dorset Wildlife Trust, of which I am a member) and through part of Two-mile Copse (owned by the Woodland Trust, of which I am also a member) and the related trashing of a nearby field (Ten Oaks) where ten huge, ancient Oak trees once stood in a line, to make the park-and-ride facility - all for the greater convenience of business. Isn't it about time we took the gloves off to these destroyers of our planet and said a final, firm "NO !!!!" A final point - the Ferrybridge Inn is a local landmark, and has been for as long as I can remember. If trashed, you can bet it will be replaced by something modern, soulless and tasteless, for the simple reason that BUSINESS of today has TOTALLY forgotten how to design and build an attractive edifice. Like the so-called 'modern' art of the likes of Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, it would be completely innocent of anything even remotely resembling talent ....[/p][/quote]Wow, this post is fantastic. Using more adjectives doesn't correct a biased viewpoint. Where do I start....? Is the Weymouth Way 'horrendous', bringing a 'deafening insane racket' to the Nature Reserve? - No. Is the Weymouth Way just for the convenience of business? - No. What does Weymouth Golf CLUB have to with "business" and if you build the road through there, would those trees not count? The new "so-called" relief road is not "so-called". It is definitely a relief road. The park and ride is not just "all for the greater convenience of business". You could use if you like, but better check the bus doesn't go down Weymouth Way. The Ferrybridge Inn may be a local landmark, but to imply it is an attractive edifice is possibly pushing it a tad too far. If it was to be demolished for a modern replacement I'd turn up with my own hammer. Are all modern buildings designed by Hirst and Emin? chesilboy

9:02pm Thu 18 Oct 12

Is it me or is everything rubbish? says...

Man arrives late for the "anti new road" protest:

"Hey guys, sorry I'm late. The traffic is AWFUL- that Boot Hill and Lanehouse Rocks Road is gridlocked- if only there was another way to Portland".
Man arrives late for the "anti new road" protest: "Hey guys, sorry I'm late. The traffic is AWFUL- that Boot Hill and Lanehouse Rocks Road is gridlocked- if only there was another way to Portland". Is it me or is everything rubbish?

12:44pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Islandjim says...

This road will never happen. But road aside the council have made the right decision. This was a truly horrific over development and i am this very second looking up how to go about getting a building considered for Listing, its a long shot but if will stop a development of this type going ahead in the future then its worth a go!
This road will never happen. But road aside the council have made the right decision. This was a truly horrific over development and i am this very second looking up how to go about getting a building considered for Listing, its a long shot but if will stop a development of this type going ahead in the future then its worth a go! Islandjim

9:41am Sat 20 Oct 12

Top Gear says...

The Chickerell link road is nice and quiet at the moment. Long may it stay like that.
The Chickerell link road is nice and quiet at the moment. Long may it stay like that. Top Gear

3:17am Mon 22 Oct 12

EtaoinShrdlu says...

When I were a lad the pub was called The Royal Victoria and sold that vile Devenish beer. But why not concrete over the top of Chesil Beach to give a fast motorway to Abbotsbury? Incidentally, this is the slowest website in the world.
When I were a lad the pub was called The Royal Victoria and sold that vile Devenish beer. But why not concrete over the top of Chesil Beach to give a fast motorway to Abbotsbury? Incidentally, this is the slowest website in the world. EtaoinShrdlu

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