Council Splash Cash For West Bay Watersports Centre
6:45am 22nd May 2014
Council cash is being splashed out on a new watersports centre for West Bay.
West Dorset and Bridport have agreed to spend more than 56 thousand pounds for facilities which will further enhance its reputation for visitors.
West Dorset District Councillors have voted to provide further funding for the project which will help improve West Bay as a centre for watersports.
The project, which is being led by Bridport Town Council, will see the former toilets at Fisherman's Green transformed into much-needed changing facilities and storage for local clubs.
Robert Gould, Leader of West Dorset District Council, said: "It is great news that West Bay will be getting a new watersports centre. I am glad we have been able to step-in and find the money to help make it happen.
"We are lucky to live in such a lovely area and good facilities will mean even more people will come and enjoy West Bay. It should attract more visitors and give our economy a further boost."
The district council's Executive Committee voted to award the project an additional £26,020 on Tuesday (20/5), on-top of £20,000 already ear-marked for the scheme. This will provide 90 per cent of funding needed to make the scheme happen.
The project is part of a wider package of improvements to Fisherman's Green. Other improvements include the creation of new river pontoons so kayaks can get in and out of the river more easily and Bridport Town Council will also be funding internal improvements to the Salt House.
The new watersports centre is expected to cost £56,020, which includes the cost of converting the former toilets, improving access and building a new storage facility.
A total of £35,000 will come from the district council's West Bay Enhancement Fund, £5,000 will come from the district council's Leisure Development Fund, £11,020 will come from Section 106 Recreation Money, which is funds the district council collects from developers, and Bridport Town Council will contribute £5,000.
Work on the new watersports centre is ready to begin. Bridport Town Council have already asked the local community for their views and secured planning permission for the project.