Following the successful demolition of the former borough council offices at North Quay, Weymouth, the car park is officially reopening at 8am tomorrow (10 May).

The freshly laid tarmac car park now has space for 238 vehicles, an increase of 42 spaces on the previous car park. A small part of the car park will remain closed off until July for contractors working to rebuild the harbour wall. 

The cost to park in the council office car park has not changed, ranging from 50p for 30 minutes to £6 for 10 hours. Payment can be made by cash or card, or by using the online app.

The planning conditions allow this site to be a temporary car park for up to three years while the council appoints a development partner. This partner (or partners) will work with the council to bring forward proposals for the long-term development and regeneration of this prime harbourside site. This site is now a highly attractive and viable development opportunity, including strengthened harbour walls, brand-new utilities and the latest digital connectivity. 

Local people, businesses, and other stakeholders will be consulted on any plans brought forward through public engagement sessions before they are submitted for planning permission. 

The total cost of the work to demolish the former council offices, carry out the archaeological excavation and convert the site into a car park is around £800k. This has been paid for through government’s Brownfield Funding and the Levelling Up Fund.

North Quay car park has also been proposed as a possible drop off and collection point for Portland Port’s cruise ship coaches. This proposal is currently with Portland Port for consideration. 

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