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Improving Weymouth

With Government funding under pressure nationally and locally, we need to proactively take care of fixing our long-standing problems whether social or environmental.
 
For too long, they have negatively affected people’s experiences when visiting the Weymouth BID area. It is our time to drive standards higher whenever and wherever they are too low.
 
The BID is currently engaged with a number of projects to improve Weymouth, including:
 

Hanging Flower Baskets

We are expanding our hugely successful hanging basket scheme to new areas of the town, including Park Street, South Harbour and Hope Square, to make sure Weymouth is in full bloom this summer season.

Heritage Paving Slabs

We have commissioned and installed six special ceramic plaques, located at key historical sites around the town, to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the union of Weymouth and Melcombe Regis. The Beach and Harbour History Trail helps promote Weymouth's heritage and draws people to different areas of the town.

St Alban Street Lighting

We are funding new festoon lighting for St Alban Street to improve late night trading and safety for the businesses there.

CSAS Officers

We are continuing to fund one additional CSAS Officer within the town and are engaged with the police on ASB and other safety issues concerning local businesses.

Brown Signage

We are working with Weymouth Town Council to remove and update brown signage in and around the town.

Purple Flag

We are working with Weymouth Town Council to develop Weymouth's Purple Flag status and support the town's night time economy.

PubWatch

We support Weymouth PubWatch and continue to provide a secretary to help run the scheme.
 
 
Our Improvement aims for this BID term are:

Look & feel

Town centre management
  • Support selected initiatives proposed by the Local Authority and Town Centre Management team to help deliver enhancements and ongoing maintenance.
  • Communicate priorities to the Council to deliver repairs and improvements and to ensure that projects are managed in line with agreements.
  • Encourage the discovery of the entire BID area by visitors through enhanced availability of Tourist Information.
  • Develop a coordinated approach to waste management and making Weymouth greener and cleaner.
  • Investigate the development of parking schemes that deliver best value and increase footfall in the town.
  • Work with property owners of vacant premises to identify opportunities for local craftspeople and artists to launch pop-up shop opportunities.
Support Groups
 
Work with local groups to develop and fund initiatives
  • South Harbour Artside and arts groups – building on the arts and cultural aspects that we are continually developing.
  • Weymouth Museum – developing visitors’ knowledge of our history and areas of historic interest such as the Nothe Fort.
  • Golden Broom Award – ongoing awards programme to reward traders who take pride in their area.
  • Pride in Weymouth – annual awards recognising efforts of businesses and individuals to develop the town and its offer.
  • Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce – business support and networking.
  • Support initiatives to launch seasonal markets that compliment current traders within the BID.
  • Coastal Communities Fund – we will be part of their bidding process to fund improvements in our area.
  • Weymouth College and schools – collaborating with these education providers, we will endeavour to address the skills gaps in our town and work with employers and students to develop economic growth and job opportunities.

Safety

Town centre management
  • Support initiatives to protect the community at the key gateways and shared public places in the BID area.
  • Support, maintain and develop Purple Flag accreditation for our night time economy.
  • Make the town more accessible and welcoming for people of all abilities through improved facilities
Police
  • Agree targets every year to decrease anti-social behaviour, theft and damage within the town and work together to achieve this.
  • Become part of the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme and help to fund 2 full time officers in association with Dorset Police and the local authority to address anti-social behaviour and homelessness.
  • Support the DISC crime reduction initiative that gives businesses the facility, together with partner agencies such as the police force, to tackle crime and disorder. Companies use DISC for sharing with customers, partners, contractors, tenants, product- and service-users and other external groups.
Community Groups
  • Work with relevant groups to understand and tackle the issues of begging, drug use and homelessness.

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