Weymouth Town Council has appointed consultants Hemingway Design and New Masterplanning to work on plans to enhance the seafront and make it a year-round destination for everyone to enjoy.
The team will work up proposals that focus on the beautiful 3-kilometre stretch of coastline including the beach and promenade close to Weymouth Pavilion Theatre in the south, to Overcombe Beach in the north.
Residents, visitors to the popular seaside town, and businesses in and around Weymouth are being urged to contribute their views to a survey www.thinkweymouthseafront.co.uk which launched today.
Wayne Hemingway, co-founder of HemingwayDesign recently joined town councillors in Weymouth for an initial engagement session which included a walkabout on the seafront to gather initial ideas.
Wayne Hemingway said: “Weymouth seafront is a brilliant place but like all great places needs to keep evolving, responding to changing times and this is a chance for everyone, young to old, residents, businesses, visitors and those that have moved away but still have an interest in the town to have their say. You can say as little or as much as you like. We will read and consider everyone’s comments and then come back to you all with some proposals that are firmly based in your ideas (and some of ours of course !). So hit www.thinkweymouthseafront.co.uk now… please.”
Cllr David Harris, Council Leader, said: “Weymouth is such a popular destination, with its award-winning beach offering a variety of attractions and places to eat and drink, and the historic character of the seafront. It’s important for the long-term economic success of the town that it evolves to be a year-round destination for everyone to enjoy.
“Improvements to the beachfront should look at what sort of events and activities could be supported, including arts, sports, and festivals. Better access and signage for visitors and residents who want to enjoy a visit to both the town centre and the seafront should also be considered.
“Your input is vital. If you live, work, or visit Weymouth then take the survey today and share your thoughts about Weymouth Seafront. We’re encouraging you to be part of the conversation.”
The survey runs for one month until Sunday 19th June.
Councillors on Weymouth Town Council’s Services Committee, which approved the appointment of Hemingway Design and New Masterplanning to work up the proposals, meet on Wednesday 25th May where they will receive an update on the project.
Members of the public are welcome to attend our new café-style meetings for committees. It takes places at 7pm in the Council Chamber on Commercial Road (25th May).