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Weymouth and Portland Borough Council will be meeting with the Harbour Management board on the 21st of October 2013, to try and sneak a recommendation to the management board, to terminate the lease of Weymouth Angling Society (WAS) on the 25th of March 2014. They wish to demolish the current WAS building and turn the area into additional car parking space, thus depriving Weymouth of another external source of income. Not content with shedding the Pavilion and the hugely important Tourist Information Centre, the council now wish to disassociate the area from angling, the largest participation sport in the country. It is estimated that visiting anglers contribute more than £500,000 a year in trade towards local businesses. Compare this to additional car parking revenue of an estimated £45,000 before the costs of demolition and rebuilding and there is a massive shortfall. Without a doubt, the income from visiting Anglers will not drop by 1/2 a million pounds, but as each additional block of the Weymouth tourist industry is stripped away, the need for additional car parking space will be reduced, as visitor numbers plummet. Resulting in an even bigger revenue loss for the town. The secret plans that have been put to the management committee talk about developing the site into more unaffordable housing, with the ground level being turned into additional cafe and restaurant areas. How many more failed cafe's and restaurants do we need in Weymouth.

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