Harbour berth statements

Posted on 15 March 2012 by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council

Statements issued by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council on the harbour berth issue.

21.03.2012

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Briefholder for Environment and Sustainability Ian Roebuck said:

“The council has enjoyed a good working relationship with Condor Ferries for many years and looks forward to this continuing in the future.

“The council prepared a formal contract but this was put on hold when the proposed redevelopment of the peninsula, including the ferry berth and terminal buildings, was stalled.

“Following this, the relationship between the council and Condor Ferries continued on the same basis as in previous years.

“We are only too aware of the seriousness of the ferry berth situation at present and are committed to ensuring that sailings from the town can resume as soon as possible, and that the port is attractive to ferry operators in the long term.”

 

Wednesday 14 March 2012

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Briefholder for Environment and Sustainability Ian Roebuck said:

“The council understands the importance of Condor Ferries to the borough and we are now looking at bringing forward our long term aspiration to comprehensively develop the ferry berth area.

“As a matter of urgency we will be using the time while the berth is vacant to plan, cost and implement a scheme of engineering works so that the area is ready to meet the business needs of the ferry operator by April 2013.

“The council will continue to work with Condor Ferries to ensure this work and any long-term plans for the harbour peninsula as a whole meet their future business needs.”

“The council is committed to ensuring that sailings from the town can take place as soon as possible and the port is attractive to ferry operators in the long term.”

Background

Contractors working on behalf of the borough council have been carrying out immediate works in an attempt to stabilise the area around the berth used by Condor Ferries.

Careful monitoring has revealed that the instability is continuing.

The expert advice is that the immediate work has not stabilised the structure and we need to look at a different and lasting solution.

Public safety must be the borough council’s over-riding concern and the council has kept Condor informed of the developing situation.

At this very early stage the council estimates the more substantial works will cost in the region of £2 million.

 Chairman of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Management Committee Mike Goodman said:

“The news concerning the state of our harbour walls adjacent to the ferry terminal is very distressing and highlights the constant need to review all our operations regularly to ensure that they are sustainable.

“We have been aware that this particular area has been in need of comprehensive restoration in the future, and it was intended that the redevelopment of the whole of that peninsular would address this.

“It is the responsibility of the whole Council that since the redevelopment was cancelled that we have agreed to use our limited funding for other priorities, and all councillors have been involved in making those decisions.

“It is unfair to single out the Harbour Management Board for criticism as they agree a Harbour Business Plan and budgets with the council’s Management Committee.  Their decisions are also subject to call in and scrutiny by the council’s scrutiny and performance committee.

“We are now looking at bringing forward our long term aim to redevelop the ferry berth so it can meet the needs of ferry operators in the future and support the local economy in years to come.”

 Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Briefholder for Environment and Sustainability Ian Roebuck said:

“Scour is a common occurrence in harbours and is caused by natural processes such as tides, currents and changes in the seabed, as well as by boats and other harbour uses.

“The ferry berths at the harbour are over 80 years old and have always needed considerable ongoing maintenance by the council to ensure they are fit for purpose for the vessels we welcome and want to use the harbour.

“A major repair was carried out in 2002 and we are now looking at bringing forward our long term aspiration to comprehensively re-develop the ferry berth area.”

Condor Ferries information

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1 Comments For This Post

  1. Mark Porter Says:

    Cutting through all the waffle, does this mean that there will be no ferries in Weymouth until April 2013? Does this mean that those coming to Weymouth for the Olympics by ferry will have to disembark at Poole? Is this not terrible timing for a town unlikely ever again to have such a worldwide platform?

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