Indoor ski slope gets warm welcome - but not locally
PUBLISHED: 11:00 12 June 2011
A PLAN to build a £50million sports attraction in Weston with the longest indoor ski slope in the country has had a positive feedback from the public - but not from Weston residents.
Developer Leisuredome UK submitted its proposal for the scheme at Locking Parklands to North Somerset Council last month.
The Bristol-based firm has set out its plan to feature a 210m ski slope, indoor climbing centre, a health club, children’s activity centre and BMX park.
So far, the plan has received nine letters of response from the public, seven of which are supporting the project, but all are from out of the Weston area.
Meanwhile, two letters of objection have been sent from people living in Locking.
Howard Evans, of Leafy Way, said: “The traffic in the summer is already horrendous with no plans in the offing to improve any access to the motorway system.
“What is it going to be like when we have the extra thousands of houses, industrial units, a Leisure Dome and possibly one day a Tropicana.
“Even I would enjoy the facility of skiing, however, without any infrastructure to support all the cars and buses that will inevitably descend on Weston the whole idea is a total nonsense.”
Paul Tripp, of Mendip Road, said: “Having a height of over 60m, allowing for the fact that the ground it is to be built on is 15m lower than the water tower, still leaves it standing twice the height of the water tower.
“I’m being told that I will not see it because as there are a few trees in the way – yes, that has really convinced me, thanks.”
But from outside Weston, a positive response has come in from people living in Bristol, Newton Abbott and Plymouth.
Dawn Aspin, from Bristol, said the attraction would be ‘the best thing to happen to Weston in a long time’.
The scheme, which would also include a range of sports shops and cafes, would be built to the east side of the Locking Parklands site on 13 acres of land.
North Somerset Council’s planning officers are now reviewing the proposal and will visit the site before writing a report to a committee of councillors to make a decision.