UPDATED: A brand new, multi-million pound indoor water park is to be built on land at Robin Hill Country Park, it has been announced by owners Vectis Ventures Ltd today (Wednesday).
Plans for ‘The Springs’ are expected to be submitted formally to the Isle of Wight Council as a planning application, supported by an environmental statement, by the end of the month.
This major new attraction, which is set to feature a lazy river, 4 slides, a wave pool and other elements including a toddler playground, will have Island-wide and sub-regional impacts benefiting tourism, regeneration and job creation.
It will be built alongside ‘Nesting’ – unique accommodation such as treehouses and glamping within the grounds of Robin Hill. Packages are expected to be made available for those staying on site, as well as day visitors to Robin Hill. The Springs will be a separate attraction.
Island Echo is told that Islanders should be swimming within the next 3-4 years. Construction will take around 18 months once work begins.
Alexander Dabell, Managing Director of Vectis Ventures Limited said,
“After years of considered planning, we are delighted to unveil our proposals for ‘The Springs’, an exhilarating new indoor water park to be situated at Robin Hill Country Park, with the most stunning views across the Isle of Wight.
“Tourism is very important for the Island and ‘The Springs’ is a further development of Robin Hill which is designed to extend the tourism season. We’ve had great success with our ‘electric woods’ events, attracting over 90,000 visitors over the last four years, however, the Island needs more innovative, fun all-weather attractions for visitors and residents in the autumn-winter months.
“‘The Springs’ ticks that box and at the same time provides opportunities for other local tourism businesses to operate a longer season. ‘The Springs’ development will complement our plans for Nesting, creating a fantastic reason to visit the Isle of Wight.
“We are extremely excited to progress with these plans, after all, ‘The Springs’ will be splashing great fun!”
Will Myles, Managing Director of Visit Isle of Wight says,
“Iam extremely proud to work with Vectis Ventures, who continually invest in the Isle of Wight’s tourism offering. ‘The Springs’ is exactly what we need on the Island for residents and visitors alike. We are always looking for ways to extend our overall season, and this will certainly have a huge impact”.
UPDATE THURSDAY – The news of The Springs has been well received by Islanders, who have taken to social media to spread the word far and wide.
Many comments have referred to the length of time it may take for the planning application to be approved by the Isle of Wight Council.
Councillor Wayne Whittle, Cabinet member for regeneration and business development has today told Island Echo:
“An indoor Water Park would be a great leisure asset for the Island’s residents and visitor economy. It would be an all year round attraction providing full time jobs for Robin Hill employees who are currently laid off out of season.
“As Cabinet member for Regeneration, business development, events & tourism it my job to do all I can to encourage investment that creates full time jobs in all sectors.
“The fact that this project is being driven by a longstanding, Island-run, family business gives me confidence in its success as, in my view, it’s residents who live, work within and understand our economy that will lead real regeneration.