Work bonanza on horizon as developments are set to open

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BOOMTIME Weymouth and Dorchester is facing a massive jobs bonanza.

And the surge could, in theory, provide work for every one of the area’s unemployed.

More than 1,500 jobs are being created over the coming months as new developments take shape in south and west Dorset – the same number currently out of work.

They include the latest phase of the Brewery Square development in Dorchester which is expected to be ready by next spring, creating 500 jobs.

The Weymouth Gateway site at Mount Pleasant, which is steadily rising, will provide for more than 1,000 jobs although some of these are safeguarded posts for New Look employees.

There is also expected to be a major jobs boost at the £14 million Chickerell Link Park, an extension of the Granby Industrial Estate. The Echo revealed yesterday how national part supplier Screwfix will be the first firm to open there in the new year.

And the tourism industry is hoping for a major boost following the worldwide coverage of the area during the Olympics when the borough successfully hosted the sailing events.

A record number of cruise ships have confirmed they will be docking at Portland Port next year carrying 20,000 passengers.

Latest figures show there are 1,540 people out of work in Weymouth and Portland and West Dorset which means the area’s new developments could provide work for every jobseeker.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s economic development spokesman Ian Munro-Price said: “It’s fantastic news that all these jobs are coming to the area.

“It’s sad to see any unemployment figures but the latest statistics I saw showed that the amount of people out of work had actually fallen so it’s all good news.

“I would hope that those firms coming to the area will provide appropriate training so people out of work will be given the skills to do the job.”

Mr Munro-Price cited a number of success stories in the travel to work area which he said were aiding the region’s growth including the Weymouth Gateway, Portland Port and Osprey Quay.

“There’s more workspace being provided and a lot of jobs coming up, it’s great news,” he added.

South Dorset MP Richard Drax said: “The Weymouth Gateway site has always had huge potential and it’s most welcome news to see a supermarket coming as well as other retail outlets.

“The fact that jobs are being created follows on the heels of a very successful sailing Olympics and it will help South Dorset along during what are still pretty austere times.”

Mr Drax added: “It would be a fantastic achievement if we could have no people at all out of work but the fact is sadly that some of those 1,540 will not qualify for those jobs. But I urge people out of work to race to the Gateway site to apply for any jobs that will help them get their foot on the ladder.”

Councillor Ian Bruce, the borough’s spokesman for culture and tourism, said plans were underway for the future of tourism following the Olympics exposure.

He said: “We really are now number one on the destination map for seaside and sailing holidays or a day trip.

“The council is meeting with different tourism groups so the trade can benefit from the Games.

“What we can do is to renew our offers to the public to match what they are looking for.”

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12:19pm Fri 19 Oct 12

mr commonsense says...

2 years ago and many times subsequently, Coun Gould told the electors of West Dorset that the Charles Street development would create an additional 600 jobs.
With the likely hood of phase 2 either never getting started or or being built and coming on stream in another 2/3 years was he being disingenuous ?
The problem we have is never getting to hear from him. Come on be a brave chap and come into Dorchester on a Saturday morning and speak with the people, we would love to hear from you.
2 years ago and many times subsequently, Coun Gould told the electors of West Dorset that the Charles Street development would create an additional 600 jobs. With the likely hood of phase 2 either never getting started or or being built and coming on stream in another 2/3 years was he being disingenuous ? The problem we have is never getting to hear from him. Come on be a brave chap and come into Dorchester on a Saturday morning and speak with the people, we would love to hear from you. mr commonsense
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12:41pm Fri 19 Oct 12

islandman says...

Judging from your comments, the streets of Weymouth will be empty during the daytime and more seats will be available on buses as everyone will be at work. In fact I am old enough to remember the days when to walk through a town during the week was relatively easy as very few people were out and about.
Judging from your comments, the streets of Weymouth will be empty during the daytime and more seats will be available on buses as everyone will be at work. In fact I am old enough to remember the days when to walk through a town during the week was relatively easy as very few people were out and about. islandman
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12:46pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Isosceles says...

What news of Condor and the wonderful new ferry terminal?
Is it still maybe, perhaps for the re-opening date.
What news of Condor and the wonderful new ferry terminal? Is it still maybe, perhaps for the re-opening date. Isosceles
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8:49pm Fri 19 Oct 12

weymouthfox says...

Boomtime Weymouth? Has the reporter walked through the town centre recently?
Empty shops and closing down sales do not amount to a boom. Of course neither did the Olympic plague weeks, when trade was quieter than a normal August.
Take the rose coloured glasses off please!
Boomtime Weymouth? Has the reporter walked through the town centre recently? Empty shops and closing down sales do not amount to a boom. Of course neither did the Olympic plague weeks, when trade was quieter than a normal August. Take the rose coloured glasses off please! weymouthfox
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9:25pm Fri 19 Oct 12

I'mavoter says...

Many of these jobs will be temporary as once these big firms get their new places up and running they gradually dwindle down numbers to the bare minimum, mostly low paid part-time jobs. They all do it, and have done for years. It would be very interesting to see how many people these firms employ 12 months after opening, and compare that figure with the numbers they heralded jobs would be created when they applied for planning consent. Still some jobs are better than none. Would also be interesting to see how many jobs are lost from other business due to lost / lower trade.
Many of these jobs will be temporary as once these big firms get their new places up and running they gradually dwindle down numbers to the bare minimum, mostly low paid part-time jobs. They all do it, and have done for years. It would be very interesting to see how many people these firms employ 12 months after opening, and compare that figure with the numbers they heralded jobs would be created when they applied for planning consent. Still some jobs are better than none. Would also be interesting to see how many jobs are lost from other business due to lost / lower trade. I'mavoter
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