Residents pack meeting on 2012 Olympic tickets in Weymouth

More than a hundred people attended the Friends of Nothe Gardens open meeting

More than a hundred people attended the Friends of Nothe Gardens open meeting

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MORE than 100 residents packed into a heated meeting to hear plans for a 2012 ticketed spectator site in Weymouth.

There was standing room only at the Sea Cadet Training Centre for the Friends of Nothe Gardens’ meeting about the forthcoming Olympic and Paralympic sailing events.

Simon Williams, the newly-titled head of Weymouth and Portland 2012 Operations, gave a presentation to around 130 people, new Weymouth and West Dorset council chief executive David Clarke, Councillor John Birtwistle and PC Sam Hillier of the Nothe Safer Neighbour-hood Team.

Mr Williams said following borough council approval, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) was considering using Nothe Gardens as a ticketed area for 4,600 people a day, for the Olympics. Tickets will be priced from £20-£55 a day.

A public consultation is expected to take place once plans have been confirmed.

Mr Wiliams said LOCOG was in talks with the civic society about using Nothe Fort for hospitality, while the Stone Pier would remain freely accessible, although marshalled for safety.

He said LOCOG would have to ‘invest significantly’ to provide a live screen, ensure security around the Nothe, upgrade footpaths and toilet facilities, and ensure the area is returned in its original state.

He dismissed the idea that the area should stay as it is and be marshalled, adding: “Then it would be uncontrolled access, we could have 10,000 people a day, which would be detrimental to local residents, a problem for the borough council and the police.”

Residents asked why the ticket money could not stay local and Mr Williams said LOCOG was dependant on ticket sales and sponsors.

Wyke resident Colin Dawe said: “We’re talking about legacy, you’re talking about upgrading toilets as a result of this.”

Mr Williams said plans were in progress for residents to park their cars for free opposite the Nothe Tavern during the Games.

He said: “The vehicles coming will be bringing pre-event temporary buildings, at no point could they be bringing in lorries.”

Mr Williams reminded residents that Nothe Gardens would only be accessible to ticket-holders during Games time, and the deadline for ticket applications was April 26, ahead of sales from March 15.

Resident Frank Becker said: “A lot of the changes we’ve already seen have been marvellous.

“It would be churlish of the town not to recognise that, we as a small town are getting a fantastic opportunity.”

To register your interest in London 2012 tickets visit: www.tickets.london2012.com

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11:07am Wed 23 Feb 11

585 says...

Mr Williams said we could have 10,000 people a day at the Nothe if the area were 'free to all'.
More figures plucked out of the air, will these be included within the '60,000' visitors a day to Weymouth or are they additional?
If the Nothe got that crowded, common sense suggests that people would move on because you could not easily get a crowd of 10,000 people through the streets and paths leading to the Nothe (after they have used an out-of town car park).
Work it out, if they all decided to come together, 5 abreast along the same route, a metre between each row equates to a queue over a mile long trying to get up to the Nothe to get there for their first glimpse of little white triangles in the distance.
These figures just seem to be scaremongering to beat residents into accepting that an asset which has been used freely by residents should be closed to them.
I must declare an interest here, years ago, when walking along a newly tarmacked path in the Nothe, I noticed a glint in the soil which had been thrown at the side of the path during repairs, it was a silver Victorian 3d piece. I don't want the Olympric visitors to take any more such objects away from our town (:O))
Mr Williams said we could have 10,000 people a day at the Nothe if the area were 'free to all'. More figures plucked out of the air, will these be included within the '60,000' visitors a day to Weymouth or are they additional? If the Nothe got that crowded, common sense suggests that people would move on because you could not easily get a crowd of 10,000 people through the streets and paths leading to the Nothe (after they have used an out-of town car park). Work it out, if they all decided to come together, 5 abreast along the same route, a metre between each row equates to a queue over a mile long trying to get up to the Nothe to get there for their first glimpse of little white triangles in the distance. These figures just seem to be scaremongering to beat residents into accepting that an asset which has been used freely by residents should be closed to them. I must declare an interest here, years ago, when walking along a newly tarmacked path in the Nothe, I noticed a glint in the soil which had been thrown at the side of the path during repairs, it was a silver Victorian 3d piece. I don't want the Olympric visitors to take any more such objects away from our town (:O)) 585
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12:27pm Wed 23 Feb 11

Monmouthsman says...

Mr Williams would seem to have delivered a polished and honest presentation but I note that there was no mention in the report of how much rent LOCOG will be paying into the borough coffers. Surely this valuable asset that belongs to the PEOPLE of this borough would not be given over to a commercial enterprise for two weeks at high season for free, would it?
Mr Williams would seem to have delivered a polished and honest presentation but I note that there was no mention in the report of how much rent LOCOG will be paying into the borough coffers. Surely this valuable asset that belongs to the PEOPLE of this borough would not be given over to a commercial enterprise for two weeks at high season for free, would it? Monmouthsman
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12:36pm Wed 23 Feb 11

scubadude says...

Watching sailing from the shore (ie- miles away) is Farm Animal Stupid, there will be a screen on the beach (where there are facilities for large numbers already), the LOCOG have completely missunderstood the interest in the Olympics and nothing short of a full public enquiry at Goverment level into their incompentance will be satisfactory to see who has benefitted from this farce.
Lord Coe and his fellow Olympic organiser should face trail for the watse of money and resouce they've wasted the UK in getting this white elephant.
Watching sailing from the shore (ie- miles away) is Farm Animal Stupid, there will be a screen on the beach (where there are facilities for large numbers already), the LOCOG have completely missunderstood the interest in the Olympics and nothing short of a full public enquiry at Goverment level into their incompentance will be satisfactory to see who has benefitted from this farce. Lord Coe and his fellow Olympic organiser should face trail for the watse of money and resouce they've wasted the UK in getting this white elephant. scubadude
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12:48pm Wed 23 Feb 11

irisred says...

"He said LOCOG would have to ‘invest significantly’ to provide a live screen, ensure security around the Nothe, upgrade footpaths and toilet facilities, and ensure the area is returned in its original state."

The last 9 words of the above concern me greatly!
"He said LOCOG would have to ‘invest significantly’ to provide a live screen, ensure security around the Nothe, upgrade footpaths and toilet facilities, and ensure the area is returned in its original state." The last 9 words of the above concern me greatly! irisred
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1:06pm Wed 23 Feb 11

this bloke says...

irisred wrote:
"He said LOCOG would have to ‘invest significantly’ to provide a live screen, ensure security around the Nothe, upgrade footpaths and toilet facilities, and ensure the area is returned in its original state." The last 9 words of the above concern me greatly!
Ha Ha, couldn't agree more irisred. Just wondering how much it'll cost LOCOG to re-cover the place in dog poo and restore the original stench in the borough toilets :)
[quote][p][bold]irisred[/bold] wrote: "He said LOCOG would have to ‘invest significantly’ to provide a live screen, ensure security around the Nothe, upgrade footpaths and toilet facilities, and ensure the area is returned in its original state." The last 9 words of the above concern me greatly![/p][/quote]Ha Ha, couldn't agree more irisred. Just wondering how much it'll cost LOCOG to re-cover the place in dog poo and restore the original stench in the borough toilets :) this bloke
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5:23pm Wed 23 Feb 11

dorwey says...

scubadude wrote:
Watching sailing from the shore (ie- miles away) is Farm Animal Stupid, there will be a screen on the beach (where there are facilities for large numbers already), the LOCOG have completely missunderstood the interest in the Olympics and nothing short of a full public enquiry at Goverment level into their incompentance will be satisfactory to see who has benefitted from this farce.
Lord Coe and his fellow Olympic organiser should face trail for the watse of money and resouce they've wasted the UK in getting this white elephant.
Do you honestly think that LOCOG are that stupid as not to have surveyed the Nothe to assess the requirements? also, YOU may not be interested in the Olympic sailing, but tens of thousands are, this is not a new event, they are giving numbers based on previous Olympics, which have been going for a while now, so I think they just might know what they are doing.
[quote][p][bold]scubadude[/bold] wrote: Watching sailing from the shore (ie- miles away) is Farm Animal Stupid, there will be a screen on the beach (where there are facilities for large numbers already), the LOCOG have completely missunderstood the interest in the Olympics and nothing short of a full public enquiry at Goverment level into their incompentance will be satisfactory to see who has benefitted from this farce. Lord Coe and his fellow Olympic organiser should face trail for the watse of money and resouce they've wasted the UK in getting this white elephant.[/p][/quote]Do you honestly think that LOCOG are that stupid as not to have surveyed the Nothe to assess the requirements? also, YOU may not be interested in the Olympic sailing, but tens of thousands are, this is not a new event, they are giving numbers based on previous Olympics, which have been going for a while now, so I think they just might know what they are doing. dorwey
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5:41pm Wed 23 Feb 11

dontbuyit says...

Since when has sailing been a spectator sport? You'll get a better view on tv
Since when has sailing been a spectator sport? You'll get a better view on tv dontbuyit
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8:48pm Wed 23 Feb 11

weymouthfox says...

Don't worry residents of Weymouth, you have Mr Simon Williams assurance there will be a consultation.
Don't be worried that it won't happen until "plans have been confirmed" or that tickets for the Nothe start selling on 15th March, your voice will be heard, however weakly.
The truth is that Weymouth residents have as usual been stitched up between councillors, council officers and LOCOG who have offered some glittering danegeld to the council, whose hands are quivering as they reach out for it. More plum jobs like Mr Williams will be created and there will be serious hospitality within the Nothe stockade for the councillors who fell down before LOGOG.
Did I mention consultation? There will be a consultation, but as usual no-one will take any notice of what residents say. Another gin and tonic councillor?
Don't worry residents of Weymouth, you have Mr Simon Williams assurance there will be a consultation. Don't be worried that it won't happen until "plans have been confirmed" or that tickets for the Nothe start selling on 15th March, your voice will be heard, however weakly. The truth is that Weymouth residents have as usual been stitched up between councillors, council officers and LOCOG who have offered some glittering danegeld to the council, whose hands are quivering as they reach out for it. More plum jobs like Mr Williams will be created and there will be serious hospitality within the Nothe stockade for the councillors who fell down before LOGOG. Did I mention consultation? There will be a consultation, but as usual no-one will take any notice of what residents say. Another gin and tonic councillor? weymouthfox
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9:12pm Wed 23 Feb 11

Terrasfan says...

This is a difficult one to say the least. Yes Sailing is not really what the non enthusiast would call a spectator sport. It gets worse, for the non sport fan, or non Olympic fan it is going to be completely bizarre how some people would want to stand on the Nothe watching the sailing.....but, strangely enough there are people all around the world that will.
It is part of the "I was there" feeling. Sailing folk have money, but would they want to trudge up to the Nothe for a distant view, I really don't know, and I don't think anyone does!
It should be free, or I think if it was a nominal amount of a £3 or £4 that might be fairer, the money raised to be kept for improving the area once the games have gone. Or indeed paying for anything that was done before hand.
The paths are very good, but yes the toilets are a disgrace, along with many others in our town. It's a poor excuse to use these as the reason for this to go ahead.
It is a bit rich though expecting all the hassle and turmoil for those on the approach road, which is of course tight to say the least to not have any benefits. If you live close to Alton Towers or such like, you get free tokens, could this not be implemented?
Put it this way Olympic Committee you don't really want to upset too many people on that very tight approach road do you??
I am all for the games, and am really looking forward to 2012 in Weymouth but this is going all wrong, and some serious thinking needs to go on here, because if this is forced through it is going to go all wrong, and could well be a complete embarrassment as it is already getting national press attention.
Ok that consultation was free, if you want anymore, you are going to have to pay for it!
This is a difficult one to say the least. Yes Sailing is not really what the non enthusiast would call a spectator sport. It gets worse, for the non sport fan, or non Olympic fan it is going to be completely bizarre how some people would want to stand on the Nothe watching the sailing.....but, strangely enough there are people all around the world that will. It is part of the "I was there" feeling. Sailing folk have money, but would they want to trudge up to the Nothe for a distant view, I really don't know, and I don't think anyone does! It should be free, or I think if it was a nominal amount of a £3 or £4 that might be fairer, the money raised to be kept for improving the area once the games have gone. Or indeed paying for anything that was done before hand. The paths are very good, but yes the toilets are a disgrace, along with many others in our town. It's a poor excuse to use these as the reason for this to go ahead. It is a bit rich though expecting all the hassle and turmoil for those on the approach road, which is of course tight to say the least to not have any benefits. If you live close to Alton Towers or such like, you get free tokens, could this not be implemented? Put it this way Olympic Committee you don't really want to upset too many people on that very tight approach road do you?? I am all for the games, and am really looking forward to 2012 in Weymouth but this is going all wrong, and some serious thinking needs to go on here, because if this is forced through it is going to go all wrong, and could well be a complete embarrassment as it is already getting national press attention. Ok that consultation was free, if you want anymore, you are going to have to pay for it! Terrasfan
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12:51pm Thu 24 Feb 11

Monmouthsman says...

Reading the article again several things struck me.
1. LOCOG is reported as being dependant on ticket sales and sponsors but earlier it said that they were only condisering the use of the Nothe as a ticked area.
2. The generous offer of free use by residents of the car park opposite the Nothe Tavern should generate chaos as hundreds of drivers aim to get a place in this just 40 spaces car park.
3. LOCOG would provide a large viewing screen on the Nothe. This makes me wonder if the screen on the beach will be not so large otherwise everyone not on the corporate entertainment list will just go there, won't they?
4. When Weymouth gridlocks through the intelligent traffic lights controlled routes in the mayhem of Olympic traffic with people that expect a well prepared (There has been four years to do this ) venue, just how much good publicity will Weymouth get?
Reading the article again several things struck me. 1. LOCOG is reported as being dependant on ticket sales and sponsors but earlier it said that they were only condisering the use of the Nothe as a ticked area. 2. The generous offer of free use by residents of the car park opposite the Nothe Tavern should generate chaos as hundreds of drivers aim to get a place in this just 40 spaces car park. 3. LOCOG would provide a large viewing screen on the Nothe. This makes me wonder if the screen on the beach will be not so large otherwise everyone not on the corporate entertainment list will just go there, won't they? 4. When Weymouth gridlocks through the intelligent traffic lights controlled routes in the mayhem of Olympic traffic with people that expect a well prepared (There has been four years to do this ) venue, just how much good publicity will Weymouth get? Monmouthsman
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