Originally Posted by Nos4r2
As long as it's public afterwards it doesn't sound like a bad idea.
There's bugger all facilities/transport infrastructure in Portland as far as I remember though. Certainly not enough for olympic crowds and building something on that scale will put a hell of a pressure on the road network.
I think it'll spoil Portland a bit too.
Maybe .. maybe not. I was down there last week and there's been quite a lot of development already at Osprey Quays (down where the refuelling silos are at the foot of the beach road). To be honest most of the Castletown area (which has looked tired even when the Navy were there) has just been getting worse. Given that the new development is right at the base of Castletown it could be the shot in the arm that that part of the island needs. Also the developments already at Osprey Quays look reasonable.
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However I whole-hearted agree with Matt's point about access. Roads into and out of Weymouth are pitiful. For year's there's been discussion about a sensible link-road into the heart of Weymouth, but its never happend. One can only assume that the tarpit that is local planning has kicked into gear and dragged each potential idea off to be quietly suffocated.
Also agree about needing to make it public available. Portland is quite economically deprived and could really do with investment. Bringing lots of new facilities (and the income that should bring) is great as long as the residents of Weymouth and Portland don't end up with Council Tax demands that rocket.
I guess only time will tell