And other things are going on too, I recently cycled along the Rodwell trail and used the new bridge which makes life much easier, I think the look of the bridge could have been much better, the one I voted for and was originally approved had quite a nice modern look to it but the one we’ve ended up with looks like it was stolen from the M1 in the 1970’s, however, it does the job.
The ride took me into Weymouth harbour and beach area where I took a closer look at the new Weymouth Tower being built by Merlin Entertainment, the owners of Weymouth Sea Life Park as well. It’s a very impressive structure and will be a real boost for Weymouth in the summer, in fact all year round for many years to come. This sort of innovative investment is what Weymouth needs, more along these lines please.
If there was less misery about the Pavillion redevelopment then, by now, we might also have a pretty smart area of town in the North Pier area. As it is, it’s taking a corporate investor to drag the area up by it’s collar rather than a forward thinking council to do it but it’s getting there slowly. When people realise what sort of positive effect invesment like this has on the surrounding economy then maybe they’ll be keener to vote for more of the same rather than wanting Weymouth to stay as it is. No progress means you’re going backwards remember, Weymouth’s competition are all moving forward so being static is not an option.
The loss of the Condor Ferry Terminal due to lack of maintenance is a disgrace and I know of B&B owners near the old terminal who’ve had to refund large numbers of deposits previously paid by booking clients that have now cancelled and gone elsewhere, I don’t know what the figures are for an average spend of a visitor whilst in Weymouth but it must be having a huge knock-on effect on other businesses nearby. Weymouth needs the Ferry Terminal working again and it needs to be done quick!
I’m personally really looking forward to seeing the Weymouth Laser show in action, coupled with the Tower the beach area will have a whole new look and be better for it, the visitors who do come this year will not be disappointed.
It would have been good for us to use the forthcoming Olympics as a trigger to attract the big boys to built one or two 5 star hotels, if you build it they will come, many wealthy people don’t come to Weymouth because there’s not the choice of accommodation that they demand. Such hotels don’t mean that we would lose our “bread & butter” clients, we’d just get more of the rich ones, not a bad thing for the area at all.