Surfing lake team looking for new site in Bristol
THE team behind an ambitious scheme to build a surfing lake in Bristol has launched a similar project in the Isle of Wight.
As reported in The Post the plan was to build The Wavegarden in the Avon Gorge alongside the Portway but that site has been ditched following objections from local residents.
The team insist that they are in talks with various people to find a new site in Bristol but are also looking at a similar project in the Isle of Wight.
The team have renamed the project The Wave and say they have been approached by a tourism consortium on the Isle of Wight about the possibility of creating a site on the island.
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Co-founde Tobin Coles, said: “As part of our long-term business strategy we were already planning to build another ‘Wave’ elsewhere in the UK and were keen to look at locations on the south coast.
“The Isle of Wight is a great fit for The Wave – it is rural, has a resident surfing community but also attracts a good influx of tourists every year. We are currently undertaking initial discussions with a number of key organisations, such as the Council and Wightlink, regarding the project but can now confirm that it is definitely our intention to create The Wave:IOW.”
At the same time the team is busy advancing its plans for Bristol. Co-founder Nick Hounsfield added: “We are really progressing with our plans for the flagship ‘Wave’ in Bristol and we have our sights firmly fixed on pushing the project forward. We are in advanced discussions regarding a new preferred site for the development and hope to make an announcement about its location in the near future.”
The original plan was to build the surfing lake in the Avon Gorge by the side of the Portway, but the Bristol Wave team says because the project has increased in size it is in the process of looking for a new home.
There had been widespread opposition to the project from environmentalists, but the firm insists the decision was forced by changes to the size of the plans.
Discussions are taking place with landowners on two alternative sites, but the Bristol Wave team has not said where the sites are.