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Saturday, 23 April 2016

The wrong choice of words Mr Grayling

"Weymouth would continue to flourish outside the EU":   says Chris Grayling

Chris Grayling

The choice of "continue to flourish"  seems a strange choice of words for Chris Grayling to use in describing Weymouth. Even a short stroll around the town reveals a rather different reality. The number of empty shops with "To let" signs continues to increase, as does the amount of derelict or run-down buildings. Many of the back streets of the town have become increasingly seedy over the past years and the Park and Ride facility at Mount Pleasant remains closed since before Christmas last and now the site seems destined to be sold (provided of course that a buyer can be found). Hardly the signs of a "flourishing" seaside economic community.

Closed and for sale 

Even the much heralded "High Speed Ferries" new passenger ferry service from Weymouth to Cherbourg, scheduled to go into service in April this year (replacing the Condor Ferries operation which permanently left Weymouth last year and moved to Poole), has been delayed for at least another 12 months.

Grayling should have had a tour of the town and absorbed a little local knowledge before giving an interview to the media.