No end in sight for Welwyn Garden City high ropes probe

PUBLISHED: 06:00 02 August 2013

High ropes course

High ropes course

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THE company responsible for running Welwyn Garden City’s new high ropes course – which has been shut following a serious accident – says it will only re-open the facility after taking “appropriate advice”.

It has been 47 days since a woman in her 40s plummeted from the 40ft tall centre at a pre-opening event.

She was left with serious pelvic injuries.

Finesse Leisure shut the Stanborough Park complex immediately after the accident, days before it was due to open to the public.

An investigation has been launched by Welwyn Hatfield Council’s environmental health team, which is expected to last several months.

A statement from Finesse this week said: “Finesse Leisure will open the High Ropes after taking the appropriate advice, following consultation with the council and once they are satisfied that it is safe for customers to use.

“Their customers’ safety and enjoyment is paramount.”

The borough ploughed £500,000 into the project, and it is the second new Finesse facility in Welwyn Garden City closed to the public.

The all weather football pitches in King George V Playing Fields, Welwyn Garden City, were paid for with a £200,000 loan from the borough and has been shut since last November after games were deemed too noisy by environment chiefs.


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