Weymouth and Portland

Weymouth and Portland was a local government district and borough in Dorset, England. It consisted of the resort of Weymouth and the Isle of Portland, and includes the areas of Wyke Regis, Preston, Melcombe Regis, Upwey, Broadwey, Southill, Nottington, Westham, Radipole, Chiswell, Castletown, Fortuneswell, Weston, Southwell and Easton; the latter six being on the Isle of Portland.

Weymouth and Portland
Borough of Weymouth and Portland
Weymouth and Portland shown within Dorset
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth West England
Non-metropolitan countyDorset
StatusAbolished
Admin HQWeymouth
Incorporated1 April 1974
Government
  TypeNon-metropolitan district council
  BodyWeymouth and Portland Borough Council
  LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Shared)
  MPsRichard Drax
Area
  Total16.1 sq mi (41.8 km2)
Area rank(of 309)
Population
 (mid-2018)
  Total65,800
  Density4,100/sq mi (1,600/km2)
  Ethnicity
98.5% White
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code19UJ (ONS)
E07000053 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSY6784374258
Websitewww.weymouth.gov.uk

In Portland Harbour is the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, where the sailing events at the 2012 Olympics took place. The main reason that the resort was chosen to be an Olympic venue was that the Sailing Academy had only recently been built, so no new venue would need to be provided. Weymouth and Portland's waters have also been credited by the Royal Yachting Association as the best in Northern Europe.[1]

Weymouth and Portland have been twinned with the town of Holzwickede in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, since 1986,[2] and the French town of Louviers, in the department of Eure in Normandy, since 1959.[3]