Weymouth restaurant can't fight litter with sandbags

Weymouth restaurant can't fight litter with sandbags

Published by George Sharpe at 8:31am 15th June 2019.

The town council says it needs another solution.

Plans to use sandbags to fill in gaps around the Gurkha restaurant in Weymouth have not won support with town councillors.

Tuesday’s planning committee were worried about the appearance of the sandbags and any decking which might be put on top of them.

The business is planning to block off the area on the pavement side to stop floating rubbish building up around the ark-shaped restaurant.

The planning application says that due to the restaurant’s boat shape, wind and tide, rubbish gathers to the front of the building which has detracted from the use of the building.

“The proposed works are to fill the front of the recess between the building and the land with gravel to allow water to pass, retained with sand bags. Decking is to go over the top,” says a statement to the council from agent Steven Jones Plan Design.

The additional decking will not be used for seating and may have flower tubs to improve its appearance.

Cllr Christine James told the Tuesday evening planning committee that the design was ‘treating the symptoms not tackling the problem.’
Mayor Graham Winter said if they wanted to build up the area – why not put in a proper wall?

Planning committee chair Cllr Lucy Hamilton said she wondered why there was a need for a planning application at all and suggested that if rubbish remained a problem why could a floating boom not be used.

Said Cllr Oz Kanji: “This just looks like a temporary, cheap solution.”

The committee decided to object on grounds of design, visual appearance and materials.

Public comments on the application can be made until June 9th with a decision expected to be made by a Dorset Council planning officer.

By Local Democracy Reporter, Trevor Bevins