Council asked for £15,000 extra funding for Chesil Beach Centre project

The Chesil Beach Centre

The Chesil Beach Centre

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COUNCILLORS will be asked to agree £15,000 of additional funding to complete work at the Chesil Beach Centre.

The building and external works to revamp the Portland visitor centre were completed in time for the Olympic and Paralympic Games last summer and the final internal fit-out is expected to be completed by the end of March.

However, the withdrawal of key funders left Dorset County Council with a £30,000 short fall in footing the bill for the £1.1million project.

A report going before the council’s cabinet next week claims that half the money has now been found from other partners but the authority will be asked to make a contribution of the remaining £15,000.

The report states that funding for the project was provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund and other organisations such as the Fine Family Foundation and the Crown Estate.

However funding was hit with the demise of the South West Regional Development Agency, which had committed £250,000 to the scheme, and a further £50,000 promised by the Portland Gas Trust that the report states has ‘not been forthcoming’ due to economic conditions.

The report states: “Whilst the project team has worked hard to recoup this, the £1.1m project is still £30,000 short of its total cost prior to completion in March.

“Half of this has been found from other partners, and there is now a request as to whether Dorset County Council is able to make a contribution of the remaining £15,000.”

On completion the building will be run as a partnership between the Dorset Wildlife Trust and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.

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9:35am Thu 28 Feb 13

Isosceles says...

According to the Chesil Beach Centre website, the Chesil Beach Centre is now run by The Dorset Wildlife Trust and is fully functional.
Why is more money needed? If the money isn't there then something must be curtailed until it is available.
According to the Chesil Beach Centre website, the Chesil Beach Centre is now run by The Dorset Wildlife Trust and is fully functional. Why is more money needed? If the money isn't there then something must be curtailed until it is available. Isosceles
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10:24am Thu 28 Feb 13

sparkleeye says...

CUT !
CUT ! sparkleeye
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11:10am Thu 28 Feb 13

terra firma says...

Yet another bird brain scheme.
How tweet.
Yet another bird brain scheme. How tweet. terra firma
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11:12am Thu 28 Feb 13

terra firma says...

Yet another bird brain scheme.
How tweet.

.... sorry forgot to add -

do they think we are all gullible?
Yet another bird brain scheme. How tweet. .... sorry forgot to add - do they think we are all gullible? terra firma
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11:45am Thu 28 Feb 13

wessex-andy says...

Shut the centre down until the Dorset Wildlife Trust comes up with the cash to complete their projact itself.
Shut the centre down until the Dorset Wildlife Trust comes up with the cash to complete their projact itself. wessex-andy
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1:08pm Thu 28 Feb 13

terra firma says...

.... or even use it for a new Tourist Information Office if the others in Weymouth & Portland really have to close down.
.... or even use it for a new Tourist Information Office if the others in Weymouth & Portland really have to close down. terra firma
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2:37pm Thu 28 Feb 13

fastjet says...

There really are some morons who put their comments forward just utter d*cks
There really are some morons who put their comments forward just utter d*cks fastjet
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5:31pm Thu 28 Feb 13

I'mavoter says...

fastjet wrote:
There really are some morons who put their comments forward just utter d*cks
.... But you don't give your solution to the problem ! You just criticise others for putting theirs forward.
[quote][p][bold]fastjet[/bold] wrote: There really are some morons who put their comments forward just utter d*cks[/p][/quote].... But you don't give your solution to the problem ! You just criticise others for putting theirs forward. I'mavoter
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7:19pm Thu 28 Feb 13

bootedsw says...

in purbeck some of the carparks had signs on them that stated that car park fees in the area had risen to pay for better transport links. Perhaps some of the car park fees could given over to the project or even some of the money from the park and ride.
in purbeck some of the carparks had signs on them that stated that car park fees in the area had risen to pay for better transport links. Perhaps some of the car park fees could given over to the project or even some of the money from the park and ride. bootedsw
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