'Concerns' over water park management

PUBLISHED: 09:00 14 June 2015

Weston Town Council's Water Park. Children having fun in the water.

Weston Town Council's Water Park. Children having fun in the water.

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WESTON town councillors are 'appalled' at the way North Somerset Council's workers have maintained the town's water park attraction.

The seafront play area is owned by Weston Town Council, but this year the authority agreed North Somerset should maintain it.

The town council used to employ people on a seasonal basis at the park, but decided it would be more cost effective to use North Somerset’s permanent team of rangers.

But after safety concerns were raised, the town council’s grounds team ran a series of site inspections. They have since agreed the facilities were not being maintained properly.

The town council’s tourism and leisure committee met on Monday and was given a report on the management of the water park’s plant room.

The North Somerset rangers are trained to run swimming pools, but the town council says the water park plant room is different.

Town council grounds manager Rob Thurston said: “There have been some fairly significant issues managing the plant room. The splash pad is affected by the seasons – leaves block the filters, pollen gets in and makes the water dirty, mud gets trampled into the filters.

“The town council realises only scrupulous checking will keep it clean and safe.

“When we visited we had some real concerns.”

The town council’s grounds staff are now training the North Somerset team.

The town clerk Malcolm Nicholson said: “It is a sensible arrangement but there have been some teething troubles. We need to make sure it is safe. We just need to work through this and make the operation a success.”

But Cllr Ian Porter said he was concerned, and said: “This is not good reading. This is pretty appalling in some places.

“These issues could have been serious and if we were a private company we could have been in big trouble.”

The town council says it will bill North Somerset for any costs incurred.

The park will be closed on Monday and Tuesday while a faulty cable is replaced and the switchboard is tested.

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