It has been an interesting few weeks. There have been a couple of meet ups to get things started and some decisions have been made. Apologies for the June blog slipping into July.
So first of all, in the world of publicly funded projects, who gets to decide what and how? For the Weymouth Quay Regeneration Project, it sort of follows the money.
- The Coastal Communities Fund money for Weymouth is paid by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to the Dorset Council and is ‘ring fenced’ for this project only and accountability for ensuring that sits with the Dorset Council.
In the Dorset Council, the Councillor for Economic Growth and Skills is Cllr Gary Suttle.
- Locally, there is a Weymouth Coastal Community Team, Weymouth Quay Regeneration Board. (Looking for a snappier title guys…)
Its purpose is to keep the project rooted in Weymouth. It makes sure the stakeholders are part of the process, and has to ensure it delivers on safeguarding jobs for the harbour businesses and creates more jobs and businesses for Weymouth. They will hear reports from the Build Delivery Team ( Harbour Wall repairs and facilities for Harbour, strengthen the Quayside and build the Harbour Centre building) and from the ‘Service offer Team ( Centre of Excellence for Small Medium Enterprise, coworking facilities and employment space, education and training, apprenticeships etc).
AND YES THERE IS NOW A VERY LONG LIST OF THINGS TO BE DONE AND WHEN…in a very detailed chart that it HUGE.
Who is on that Quay Board (geddit!):
Weymouth Bid (CEO Claudia Moore)
Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce (Craig Oakes President)
Weymouth Area Development Trust. (Chris Wilson CEO)
Weymouth Town Council (Clerk Jane Biscombe or Deputy Clerk Matt Ryan)
Weymouth Town Councillor for Melcombe Regis ( Cllr Jon Orrell)
Dorset Council Councillor for Melcombe Regis (Cllr Jon Orrell)
Dorset Council Economic Development Team
Weymouth Area Development Trust (Chair Sue Prescott)
Dorset Council Economic Growth and Skills Brief Holder (Cllr Gary Suttle)
Weymouth Harbour (Harbour Master Keith Howorth)
So, if you are a member of any of these organisations, you now know who to speak with if you want to be involved or just chat about it. You can also contact the team through Weymouth Area Development Trust. Email firstname.lastname@example.org