Weymouth Delegation Vow to "Fight to Keep Condor" Despite Funding Blow
1:03pm 20th May 2014
Weymouth won't be getting £10 million of government cash to help them keep Condor sailing out of the resort.
But talks have been productive between a Borough Council delegation, led by South Dorset MP Richard Drax, and the Transport Minister Stephen Hammond over a way to keep the ferry operator in the town.
Condor want to buy a new bigger vessel that will be too large to dock at their normal berth in Weymouth harbour, leading to fears they could move their Channel Island sailings to Poole instead.
MP Drax says despite the disappointment of not getting any government funding to pay for improvement works to accommodate a new ferry, the discussions were positive;
"Our request didn't succeed but there are avenues we can explore and the Minister, Officials and I will continue to explore them for as long as we can to try and find a solution to our problem."
"They have been with us - Weymouth - for years and that's where they want to be, I think they're home is with us, their employees live here, their vessel is serviced with us and it's a shorter distance over to the Channel Islands and there are a raft of reasons why they hopefully want to stay with us and we'll do the best we can to accommodate that."
The Borough Council has already spent £4 million repairing the harbour wall so Condor could continue sailing from the town.