High Ropes probe fall to finish in ‘weeks’?

PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 February 2014

High ropes course

High ropes course


The future of WGC’s taxpayer-funded high ropes course closed after a serious accident, could be revealed within the next three weeks.

"Thank goodness, the sooner [something is published] the better."

Lib Dem leader councillor Tony Skottowe

Stanborough Park’s facility has been shut since June last year, when a woman plummeted from the 40ft-tall track.

Officials will not reveal her condition, but she sustained “serious pelvic injuries” in the accident at a pre-opening event.

Welwyn Hatfield Council ploughed £500,000 into the project and its own Environmental Health team has been probing the fall.

And it appears the investigation is close to concluding.

Tony SkottoweTony Skottowe

A borough spokesman said: “We understand the investigation is now reaching its final stages.

“We hope to be in a position to make a decision on the next steps in the very near future, possibly within the next two to three weeks.”

The project was being operated by the authority’s leisure contractor, Finesse.

Funds from the course were intended to help finance the development of the former Splashlands site.

Borough Lib Dem opposition group leader Tony Skottowe has called for clarity on the site’s future and is eagerly awaiting the results of the investigation.

The Handside ward councillor said: “Thank goodness, the sooner [something is published] the better.

“For good reason it had to be very careful, given potential legal issues.

“The sooner something is out there to let people know what has happened and lets the council consider where it goes from here, the better.”

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