Olympic Events Could Return To Weymouth
8:47am 8th January 2013
We could get another summer to remember in Weymouth.
Councillors are meeting today to decide if the live site and sports arena we had on the beach during the Olympics could be brought back again this year.
They'll also consider whether it's worth looking at pedestrianizing part of the Esplanade again.
Among the projects being put forward as a priority include:
- Developing a 2013 Summer to Remember Festival with beach sports arena, live site, ambassadors and torch wading.
- Investigating whether a small part of Weymouth seafront could be pedestrianised in the summer and more cycle parking provided.
- Ensuring that contacts are continued with the 500 business leaders who visited in Games time.
- Supporting the continued regeneration of Osprey Quay with the site owners, the Homes & Communities Agency, capitalising on the land available and great connectivity.
- Working with national tourism agencies to capitalise on the global Games time TV coverage of Weymouth & Portland and Dorset.
- Working with others to develop and promote outdoor activities, sports, heritage and cultural tourism themes.
- Developing an ambassador operation with local volunteer centres.
Mike Goodman, Chairman of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Management Committee, told Wessex FM:
"Achieving long-term legacy benefits from being a host venue for the Olympic and Paralympic sailing events has always been a top priority for the local councils. We have already secured many significant benefits but the plan is to continue.
"The tough financial situation facing councils means we must focus on a number of priorities that have a realistic chance of being delivered and which deliver the biggest legacy benefits for local people and businesses. This means increasing participation in sport and the arts, as well as attracting businesses and people who will spend money in the area; all providing a boost for the local economy."