Improvements costing more than £280k to facilities at Nottinghamshire’s Holme Pierrepont Country Park have been given the formal seal of approval.
The Country Park – managed by Holme Pierrepont Leisure Trust on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council – is home to the world-class National Water Sports Centre. It 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 annual management fees paid 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.”