‘High ropes course can bounce back’ says council chief executive

PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 August 2013

High ropes course

High ropes course


THE chief executive of Welwyn Hatfield Council believes a high ropes course closed after a serious accident can “bounce back”.

Chief Executive Michel SaminadenChief Executive Michel Saminaden

Michel Saminaden told the WHT the Closer to the Edge complex in Stanborough Park, WGC, could still fill council coffers – even after a woman plummeted from the 40ft high course.

The fall happened three days before the course was set to open, and has been closed since.

Mr Saminaden said: “It is still a very good facility. It is an excellent facility locally and it will still make money.

“It is not the only accident that has happened in a leisure facility in the country.

“This has happened and they will bounce back.

“That is not denying the very serious [nature] of it, but things move on.

“I have confidence it will come back at some stage and it will make money for everyone.”

Taxpayers forked out £500,000 for the facility and the course was meant to raise funds for the development of a water park.

It has been closed during a summer heatwave, and it is not yet clear when it will open.

Welwyn Hatfield Council has said an investigation into the fall will last “several months”.

The woman fell from the course days before it opened to the public at an event held before the official opening.

The council’s environmental health team is investigating and previously the authority said the probe could take several months.

Mr Saminaden told the WHT he was unaware of any legal action taken by the woman against Welwyn Hatfield Council.

She suffered serious pelvic injuries and was airlifted to hospital.

It is understood she is recovering.

■ Do you share Mr Saminaden’s optimism about the future of the high ropes course? Let us know what you think by dropping us a line at letters@whtimes.co.uk

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