Extra security for popular water park

PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 October 2010

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'S new water park has been a 'storming' success but its popularity means extra security is being considered.

Following complaints in the summer months about antisocial behaviour at the new park in Melrose Place, Weston Town Council is looking at ways to improve security. People living nearby have complained about noise after groups have jumped over fencing to get into the park when it is closed.

Malcolm Nicholson, town clerk, said: “The water park has been overall a smashing success.

“It is extremely popular with families and because it has been so popular it has raised issues we are looking into for when the park opens next summer.

“There have been some people who have got in there at night and we are looking at ways to address that.”

He added that the number of complaints from neighbours has dropped in recent weeks.

North Somerset Council is looking at upgrading the CCTV camera which overlooks Melrose car park to an infrared camera to act as a deterrent.

The town council has also agreed to install secondary fencing around the park to make it more secure for youngsters who use the £435,000 facility.

It is also considering introducing an entry charge but will look at other options including grant aid to fund supervision of the park.

Mr Nicholson said that, unlike many other water parks, the facility has been kept open until the October half-term and when it re-opens next year the council wants to build on its success.

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