Multi-million pound surfing lake in Almondsbury and Easter Compton sparks traffic fears
CONCERNS have been raised about transport to Britain’s first multi-million pound surfing lake in Almondsbury and Easter Compton.
Representatives from The Wave: Bristol presented their proposals to Almondsbury Parish Council on Tuesday, September 3.
Owners have secured land at Over Court Farm in Almondsbury and Washingpool Farm in Easter Compton with the plan of creating a £6.2 million in-land surfing experience.
The 40-acre site would also include an adventure trail, natural pool, camping area with 100 pitches and eight eco-lodges, an education centre, changing facilities and café.
Cutting-edge Wavegarden® technology would generate perfect surfing waves of up to 1.6 metres high, at a rate of approximately 120 waves per hour.
Founder and director of the project Nick Hounsfield said he had received 260 feedback forms since the public exhibition in July and welcomed more. "We genuinely want to know what local people want," he said. "The idea is that we can hopefully create a nice community facility." Councillors were chiefly concerned with the increased traffic to the region, especially when considered alongside the new Wild Place Project from Bristol Zoo Gardens and the 296-acre warehouse and retail distribution hub at the Westgate development in Severnside near Bristol.
Mr Hounsfield said they would be managing access to the site carefully.
"We’re absolutely aware the biggest problem is about traffic," he said. "It’s about managing people and knowing when they are coming."
Owners are proposing a management system with strict boundary control and pre-booked visits. Eco buses would be laid on and visitors arriving by foot would have to account for their journey to discourage parking in residential areas.
Cllr Dr Andy Tubb (Cribbs Causeway Ward) questioned the practicalities of these plans, saying: "It’s a great aspiration but I see it being a nightmare."
Forecast figures for the peak months of June to September put expected visitor numbers at between 600 and 750 people a day. In an estimated 250 to 300 vehicles, this would represent a rate of 55 trips or vehicle movements an hour.
By contrast just 30 to 65 daily visitors are expected in the winter months.
The Wave team are planning to submit their proposals to South Gloucestershire council in October or soon after. Almondsbury Parish Council is meeting with Pilning and Severn Beach Parish Council at Easter Compton Village Hall tonight, September 19 at 7.30pm to discuss development issues in the area.
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