Investment plans set to make a splash at Holme Pierrepont
Plans worth more than £280k to improve facilities at Nottinghamshire’s Holme Pierrepont Country Park have received the formal seal of approval
The Country Park – which is managed by Holme Pierrepont Leisure Trust on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council - is home to the world-class National Water Sports Centre. With its top-class training facilities and beautiful countryside, Holme Pierrepont Country Park attracts thousands of visitors each year from around the country. It is also due to host the World Championship Freestyle Canoeing event in 2021.
Councillors formally gave the go-ahead at the Communities and Place Committee, by agreeing to invest towards the overall plans. This will also signal a cut in management fees paid by the Council each year to Serco once the project is finished later this year, with most of the new facilities due to be in place by the Easter holidays in April.
The improvements include a new café, shop refurbishment, a new playground, better camping facilities, new shower block and disabled toilet and a new automatic number plate recognition system to maximise on car parking income.
Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of Communities and Place Committee said,
“This venue is well-loved by visitors and a fantastic example of why Nottinghamshire is such as great place to visit. This is why we need to make sure we continue to invest in it, as well as making savings on long-term costs.
“A number of options were carefully considered and researched before going with these refurbishment improvements. These were found to be the best value for the taxpayer in terms of a return on investment and making long-term savings, while making a significant improvement to the Country Park.”
Market research into the leisure industry suggested a new café and a revamp of the campsite would generate further growth, particularly as demand for accommodation has almost doubled in recent years.
General Manager, James Palmer said,
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the site to develop further and to increase the experience for those visiting this incredible venue. The aim is to increase tourism to the area and help promote and showcase the superb facilities on offer at the National Water Sports Centre.”