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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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A caving experience and an ice rink could be on the way to Maryport

Exciting new attractions are being considered for Maryport’s Wave Centre after the success of its Clip ’n Climb venture.

Possible projects include a high ropes course, a caving experience with artificial caves, and a synthetic ice rink.

Allerdale council has been able to reduce its subsidy of the Wave Centre by nearly £100,000 in the first year of Clip ’n Climb.

The council is now looking to attractions that will make the venue a profitable business in its own right.

Councillor Michael Heaslip, Allerdale council’s executive member for leisure management, said the success of Clip ’n Climb had been much better than anticipated.

He said: “We needed 14,000 people to break even in the first year and we are now approaching 40,000. We expect to have reached that figure by the end of May, which is a year after we opened.

“I announced last year that we were subsidising the Wave Centre by £225,000 a year. Now it is £150,000 just because of Clip ’n Climb.”

He said that Carlisle Leisure, which runs the Wave Centre, was putting together a business case for the three added attractions.

Coun Heaslip added: “We realise we will have to invest a bit of money, but if we are able to withdraw our subsidy from the Wave Centre it will be worth it.”

Kelly Donnelly, Carlisle Leisure’s marketing development officer, said that while there had been 40,000 paying Clip ’n Climb customers, the venture had actually brought in 70,000 visitors to the centre, including families of climbers, school groups, youth organisations and business groups.

About 80 per cent of visitors were from Cumbria and the rest from outside the area.

Have your say

John. So what, just close it and leave maryport with nothing rather than invest to find a sustainable solution?

Clip n climb has been a success , let's build on that.

Posted by djdave on 15 March 2014 at 18:08

There should be no need to subsidise the Wave Centre (Tax Payers money) this centre was built completely of the beaten track and inaccessible to a lot of local people especially elderly people.
Once again no forethought by Allerdale Council that's why it's losing money.

Posted by John Atkinson on 14 March 2014 at 18:58

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