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Nothe To Take On A New Look For The Games

Nothe Gardens

10:43am 12th June 2012

A number of path improvement works will start at the Nothe Gardens in Weymouth today.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council is doing the work on behalf of The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). LOCOG  is paying for the work as part of the preparations for the Nothe to be used as the ticketed spectator site for the London 2012 Olympic Games sailing events.

The car park behind the toilet block will be closed off to the public for the duration of the work which is planned to last for up to four weeks. There is still ample parking for visitors and the toilets will still be open. 

The path networks will be closed off in sections while the surfacing work is being done but the public will be have full access to all areas of the Nothe Gardens by walking on the grass. 

Chairman of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council Management Committee Cllr Michael Goodman said: “The Nothe Gardens in Weymouth will be welcoming the world this summer and it is crucial that the Nothe looks its best.

“Disruption will be kept to a minimum but we apologise for any inconvenience caused. We would ask the public to co-operate by observing any signage indicating closed paths or instructions from contractors working on site.”

Works being carried out from Monday include:

  • Resurfacing from the gardeners compound to the bridge over the fort access road


  • Gravel to be replaced with tarmac on the gravel path network on Newtons Cove side


  • Repointing of mortar joints and repositioning of loose stone on the stone steps on Newtons Cove side. Steps will be closed during works.


  • Improvements to the rear of the sea wall at Newtons Cove side of the gardens. A surface will be laid so visitors can walk along the area but allow surface water to drain through.

In addition to these improvement works, LOCOG has made it a priority to ensure the full reinstatement of the Nothe Gardens as soon as possible after the Olympic Games and this is included in the agreement with the borough council. It is committed to returning the Nothe Gardens in a better condition by upgrading the footpaths and the toilets within the gardens for public use after the Games.

If you have any comments, concerns or questions about the Games in Weymouth, staff from LOCOG and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council will be holding a Games Surgery for local residents on Thursday 28 June.

The surgeries will be at Ritz Café, Weymouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Weymouth DT4 8ED from 12.30pm – 2.30pm and at house number 12, Sailing Village (Osprey Quay), Officers Field, Portland DT5 1AL from 4.30pm – 6.30pm.

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