Weston Water Park to get a makeover?
PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 October 2015
FACILITIES at Weston-super-Mare’s water play park could be enjoying a refurbishment in time for next summer.
Weston Town Council opened the seafront attraction in July 2010 at a cost of £435,000, including £100,000 from North Somerset Council.
Due to the park’s popularity, the town council had to add toilet facilities and because of growing demand the council is considering adding a changing facility with two or three cubicles.
The authority is now also putting up to £7,000 aside to renovate the refreshment kiosk.
Town clerk Malcolm Nicholson said: “The water park has been largely successful and very much appreciated by lots of people and been very well-used in good weather.
“The current refreshment kiosk predated the water park and is in poor condition, the only part of the park which has not received any investment from the town council.
“A larger refreshment kiosk with some indoor seating space would make it more attractive and provide a better service to water park customers.”
The kiosk has been operated by a concessionaire since 2010 in return for fixed rent, but the council has decided not to renew the lease and carry out a procurement process.
The concessionaire has added some homemade extensions to the kiosk, but these will be removed.
Cllr Peter Crew said: “We have to recognise we do need to invest in our facilities. This is a successful one and we do need to improve it. The hut there has had its day.
“It seemed better to take what is there away and put a new building which will allow for a much better range of food. We had to allow people to take in picnics a few years ago because the food offering was so limited, so more people may now buy from the kiosk than bring their own food.
“It’ll make a big improvement and will be a much better frontage and be better for the public.”
Cllr Rob Payne said: “I’m very pleased that this council does like to continually improve its facilities, unlike the other council that just lets its facilities decline.”
The town council will look at various options of how to run the kiosk – either running it itself or bringing in an external vendor – and Peter Crew said: “We will look at running it ourselves or running it with North Somerset Council’s seafront team or a new concession. But the first thing we need to do is get a new building.
“The essence is we are approving roughly £7,000 of expenditure and then we decide if we want it kitted out by a concession or ourselves.”
Once the building is up and running the town council’s tourism committee will look at how the kiosk is run and who by.
Costs to install changing cubicles have not been estimated, as the town council hopes its grounds staff can produce something at a minimal cost.
Town councillors voted unanimously to pay for a new kiosk and changing facility from next year’s budget, with hopes it will be built and ready to open in time for next summer.