Latest report highlights improved cash-flow and oar-some investments at Holme Pierrepont Country P ark
Council investment, which is making Holme Pierrepont Country Park an even better place to visit, together with annual savings worth £850,000 were highlighted at Nottinghamshire Council County’s latest Communities and Place committee.
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, it attracts thousands of visitors each year from around the country
As part of the Council’s and the Trust’s aims for the venue to be an ever-improving, high-quality family activity and sporting centre, members were updated on the recent council investments at the site in partnership with Holme Pierrepont Leisure Trust.
The latest phase of improvements worth £280k include a new café, shop refurbishment, a new playground, better camping facilities, new shower block and disabled toilet. These improvements are ongoing, with the project completion date set for the summer holidays.
The County’s investment also marked a cut in management fees paid by the Council each year to the Trust once these improvements are all completed, which is due to be later this year.
The report also confirmed that over the duration of the contract to manage the Country Park, annual savings in running costs are worth more than £850,000, as a further benefit to the taxpayer.
Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of Communities and Place Committee said,
“We all know what a fantastic place Holme Pierrepont Country Park is. It’s a flagship venue and one our county is very proud of. It certainly highlights why Nottinghamshire is such as great place to visit.
“It’s vital that the County Council continue to invest in the park as not only will this mean long-term savings for the taxpayer in terms of a return on investment, it is helping make it an even more attractive place to visit.
“Market research into the leisure industry suggested a new café and a revamp of the campsite will generate further growth, particularly as demand for accommodation has almost doubled in recent years, so I’m sure that the venue will soon reap the rewards.
Brian Taylor, Chairman of the Holme Pierrepont Leisure Trust said:
“The country park has had an amazing 12 months with record numbers of visitors to its major attractions plus the introduction of the hugely successful Lagoon Wipeout obstacle course.
This investment from the Council will help us to enhance our already attractive leisure offering to visitors from near and far.
On top of the investment, the team at the park has managed to achieve the near impossible, running more services but reducing running costs.
We’d like to thank the Council for their continued backing of the country park, and we look forward to another successful summer season at Holme Pierrepont.”
Councillors also heard more on Holme Pierrepont Leisure Trust’s improvements and plans at the Country Park, as part of its annual presentation, which included:
• An increase in online bookings for white water rafting and skytrail activities
• Increase in the popular Lagoon Wipeout bookings
• Improved gym facilities
• Boost in numbers for the half-term Adventure Holiday Club
The venue is also due to host the World Championship Freestyle Canoeing event in 2021.