Water park charge could be increased

PUBLISHED: 08:00 29 September 2011

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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THE charge at Weston's popular seafront water park may be increased from next year.

The Knightstone Road attraction, which is run by Weston Town Council, charged £1 per person at peak times over the main tourist season.

But at a meeting of the authority’s policy and finance committee on Monday, increasing the charge was discussed to cater for the cost of operating a toilet block which was built earlier this year.

Councillors deem charging for use at the toilets to be hard to enforce, and raising the charge to cover this will now be discussed at future meetings ahead of a final decision for next season, with the park currently free to use.

Councillor Roger Bailey said: “Sometimes when people use the toilets they leave it open for the next people, so it would be a false economy to charge on that basis.”

Council leader Keith Morris said: “Unless we go to the old-fashioned method of having a woman sat outside the toilets to pick up charges, it would be very difficult to charge that way, so raising the charge may be an option.”

Reduced charges for local people, and possible week-long offers for tourists will also be discussed over the coming months.

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