Cabinet pledges its support to explore options to keep Bretton Water Park open

Bretton Water Park has been highlighted as a much-needed community resource by the city council's cabinet, which has pledged its support in exploring options to keep it open.

At Friday's cabinet meeting, councillors voiced their concern over the proposed closure of the facility, which is open for three months during peak summer. It is anticipated that the closure would save £18,000 a year. 

Now, they have pledged to find a new provider for the site to take over the running of the facility, or look closer at a charging model to guarantee its long-term future.

Councillor Wayne Fitzgerald, deputy leader of Peterborough City Council said: "I've been a long-term supporter of Bretton Water Park since it opened. Over the past week I have been contacted by a number of residents who would be extremely sad to see this facility close. Bretton Water Park is a much-needed resource for the city during the summer months for many families. 

"I am proposing that we look again at this and seek to find an alternative provider for the site or introduce a charging model to ensure it can stay open. In addition, I am calling for anyone with suggestions on how to turn this site into a commercially viable facility to get in contact with me on wayne.fitzgerald@peterborough.gov.uk".

Councillor Lynne Ayres, cabinet member for education, skills and university, said: "We want to do all we can to keep Bretton Water Park open. I'm sure a new provider can be found, it would be a shame to lose this valuable city resource." 

A public consultation is currently underway to seek the views of residents on the proposed closure of Bretton Water Park and other savings identified as part of the council's Phase Two budget proposals. 

Read the phase two budget document and complete the online form on the budget consultation page.

The consultation will close at 5pm on Monday 5 March 2018. Full council will consider the proposals on Wednesday 7 March 2018.

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