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More Pay And Display For Weymouth Esplanade

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2:25pm 24th September 2014
(Updated 2:26pm 24th September 2014)

Work to introduce pay and display, clearer markings and layouts along part of the Esplanade in Weymouth is set to go ahead next month.

The Borough Council tells us changes are being brought in to ease congested parking by the Pier Bandstand to improve safety for both drivers and pedestrians.

They say at the moment it’s impossible to enforce parking restrictions, which means people can leave their cars there all day long causing overcrowding and a low turnover of visitors.

They think these changes will allow for a bigger turnover of visitors in the area, helping to improve the local economy.

Borough council transport and infrastructure brief holder Christine James said:

“These improvements will completely transform this area so that it becomes an attractive part of our seafront.

“At the moment this area is really congested and cluttered, and this work will improve safety and access massively for both drivers and pedestrians.

“This is about bringing this end of the Esplanade in line with the other end to stop people hogging spaces all day long so there’s a greater turnover of people able to visit and park.

“This is part of the council’s parking review which has already seen parking charges slashed and free overnight parking introduced in many borough council run car parks.”

There will be free unlimited parking for blue badge holders, while the council committee also agreed to reduce proposed overnight charges to £1 to take into account the location of the area.

The council runs on-street car parking in the borough under contract from Dorset County Council and the £46,000 works costs of this project will be split between the two councils.

This order does not include any changes to parking arrangements in Brunswick Terrace.

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