Industry-leading water park
Richard Nightingale says, “Clearly considerable thought and consideration have gone into placing a second pool at Hutton Moor. This site is already in the heart of our residential community. There is already a pool infrastructure on the site, which is a large saving to tax payers on building and operating costs, keeping entrance prices down. They have experienced and professional pool management teams that can accommodate and grow a new facility. Although pools are terribly complicated and expensive structures, building them on an inland site saves money and essentially every tax payer pound spent goes further, which means additional fun attractions like water slides and water rides can be considered along with serious swimming space. Hutton Moor also has the added benefit of possible eligibility for grants to develop the site, which could reduce the initial cost substantially.
Hutton Moor also has to be considered because it is already a multi-use leisure site, so if a family member wants to swim, another can play tennis or use the gym or make use of many of the other planned facilities. The proposed upgrade in public transport to the site will make it easily accessible to residents from all over Weston as well as to tourists. When compared to sites like the Tropicana, where in my experience building costs can escalate to two or three times more than an inland site (just for protection from high tides and winds) in these times of austerity, it’s right all options should be considered. I can recall many residents mentioning to me when I was deeply involved with the Tropicana development, that they were concerned about accessing a seaside site with their family on a stormy dark winter’s evening, especially with little public transport. When Hutton Moor is finished it will have none of these drawbacks, it will also keep its free parking, a real advantage over the seafront, which will make swimming cheaper for residents.
Based on the Council’s talks with Cardiff City Council’s operators, residents can expect something really special: better and bigger than the current Hutton Moor provision, with water rides, slides and family water based fun, like nothing the Council currently has in North Somerset, to rival some of the best pools in the country. A leisure industry leading, family and fun venue, more like a water park then just a pool, for an ever-growing and popular seaside resort and its residents.