High ropes plan swings further forward at Fun Farm in Weston

How the Sky Trail at Weston's Fun Farm could look based on a design by Innovative Leisure.
How the Sky Trail at Weston's Fun Farm could look based on a design by Innovative Leisure.
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Plans are moving forward for an exciting £240,000 high ropes ‘Skytrail’ project at Weston’s Fun Farm.

An application is set to be put in by the end of this month for tourism funding and it is hoped the attraction could open by Easter next 
year.

Plans previously approved for the project have recently been re-submitted to South Holland District Council for a change of location at the Fun Farm for the proposed skytrail.

To provide better access, plans now ask for permission to put the structure at the rear of the Fun Farm rather than the front to allow easier flow for traffic from the main road.

Fun Farm owner Albert Slator said the project would be a boost for tourism in the area with safety paramount.

The ten-metre high structure will provide excitement for anyone over seven years old with different ability and height levels.

Visitors will be able to test their limits as they explore the varied challenges and obstacles, pushing their boundaries through the rope elements encountered on the course.

Mr Slator said: “I think it will be unique for the area. People currently have to travel out to Go Ape (Thetford) or Market Rasen for a similar activity.

“We put in plans for this type of high rope course as we felt it was an attractive system and the safety and size of the attraction fitted the space available.

“It is a unique take on the high ropes structure.”

The project will be seeking funding via the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme.

If funding goes ahead it will make a “significant” contribution towards the trail.

Mr Slator added that with safety of the highest standard, jobs will be created to employ trained instructors at the site.

Those taking part in the activity will be equipped with a full body climbing harness fitted with a safety line and puck, which will be checked by trained staff.

They will be able to move around the course at their own speed and ability.

It is believed the facility will benefit other local businesses by increasing visitor numbers to the area.

Youth groups, schools and other groups would be able to benefit from the project.

Mr Slator said: “We also have plans to introduce a tree house party hut to be able to offer tree-top parties indoors.”