The Island has a strong cultural, historic and artistic appeal, with many avenues already explored but perhaps many more to be discovered.
Is the Islands arts and cultural infrastructure as well developed as that of its neighbours? What are the relevant differences? What is the unique cultural heritage of the Island and does it come across to those who visit? How much can be understood and how much requires interpretation?
Our ‘Pride of Place’ is rooted in the Island’s history and heritage, due perhaps to it’s once strategic location. Is Portland still a well-known location nationally, or does its potential now lie as an alternative to the traditional Dorset experience. Is it the hidden gem rewarding the more adventurous?
This part of the Neighbourhood Plan intends to look at how we can make the best use of the Island’s character, it’s powerful ‘Pride of Place’, to enrich the quality of life for residents and also to help visitors enjoy the ‘Island Experience’. With a coherent strategy, Arts and Culture could be made to work for the Island; creating local employment in the strong growth areas of entertainment, tourism and hospitality.