The developer behind the Water Park has broken his silence over the controversial 2am licence application that it has submitted to Scarborough Council.
Following more than 300 objections to the licence application for the new Water Park, which will be built on the site of the former Burniston Barracks in Scarborough’s North Bay,
Roland Duce, managing director of Benchmark Leisure, the developers of the project has released the following statement.
In it he states: “It seems from the number and content of the objections that there is `some misunderstanding about the proposal and this needs clearing up. it is very definitely not a nightclub, as some people are suggesting, rather it is the water park that Scarborough has been wanting for so many years.
“All the activities included in the licence application are ancillary to its operation as a water park.
“We have submitted details of the operating regime to the licensing officers of the council and a planning application looking to vary the planning condition on opening hours has also been made.
“At present the planning permission allows the water park to be open from 9am to 10pm with the spa and certain outside areas opening from 7.30am until 11.30pm every day.
“The operator, Alpamare, which has water parks in Germany, Italy and Russia, would like to open the park from the later time of 10am to 10pm every day, but with an extension to 11.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays and open until 2am on only six days a year for special occasions.
“When the water park is open after 10pm there will be no outside activities, music etc and the slides and rides will not be operating.
“The spa, with access to the pool but not the slides, would open earlier at 7.30 am for those taking part in health and fitness activities.
“The planning amendment and the details sent to the licensing authority reflect this operating regime.”
The licence will be discussed by councillors on October 8.