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New Economic Plan For Dorset

Weymouth Town Centre

1:14pm 23rd October 2013
(Updated 2:28pm 23rd October 2013)

There's a plan to encourage economic growth in Dorset.

The document from West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council calls for improving town centres, boosting employment AND better broadband speeds.

It's been drawn up in a bid to secure government funding to support the work. Improvements would be made over a number of years.

Chairman of Weymouth and Portland's Chamber of Commerce Mark Blunden says it's a nice idea but similar ideas have been spoken of before and failed to happen;

"It's a good thing that this is being planned but I know other plans have been done for Weymouth in the past, but what we need now is for these things to become a reality. And we need to see some of the points actioned quickly.

A lot of these plans often talk about years to come, but trading this summer has been fantastic and that's down to the weather. We need to see some action in 2014-15 not just 2016 and beyond.

Mark told Wessex FM getting superfast broadband right across town is crucial for all businesses. We asked him what action points he'd like to be picked up on, sooner rather than later;

"Certainly anything that's tied to an attraction in town. The summer has been fantastic and people tend to sit on the beach and in restaurants and cafes, but we need more things to do in town. The Sea Life Centre, Tower and Cinema are great but we need some more things to attract people and keep them busy during the rainy days."

West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council want to hear from local businesses about the plan, you can take a look at it here.

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