New Vision For The Future Of Weymouth
8:07am 22nd July 2014
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council is developing a strategy for the future prosperity of Weymouth town centre.
The vision for the plan is to create a thriving town, that’s a vibrant place to live, work and play, which will offer diversity in housing, amenities and services.
Councillors are looking at developing everything from traffic and transport to shops and restaurants. They want businesses and residents to get involved and shape the plan as it develops.
The area the plan will cover includes the Pavilion peninsula, harbourside, town centre shopping area, Esplanade and an area around the train station.
The plan will also take into account the business cases for both Condor Ferries’ continuation alongside the development of the peninsula as part of the strategic economic vision.
The first steps for developing a vision will include a series of pop up events for the public to attend which are expected to be held in August.
Cllr Ray Nowak, Briefholder for Economic Regeneration at Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: “To achieve economic growth we need to attract investment and make best use of our great assets such as the harbour. To realise this vision we need a strategic plan for the town centre.
“It’s an ambitious, long-term plan and we want everyone to work together for the benefit of the town. We’re having very positive, progressive meetings so far with a number of partners including Weymouth BID, Chamber of Commerce, Dorset LEP and Dorset County Council.
“We want to bring more housing and jobs into the town centre and look at ways to best use vacant and underused sites.
“There is also a focus on creating a thriving waterfront, busy shopping area and look at how traffic, pedestrians and public transport is all managed.
“It is an all-inclusive approach, but it will require investment from commercial businesses.
“We are intending to complete the strategic plan within six months and hope this will enable us to secure forward looking investment opportunities.”