A WATER sports centre has been slated as a ‘health and safety nightmare’ by councillors.
Frodsham Water Sports, on Bridge Lane, Frodsham, attracts customers who use the power boats, water skis and wakeboards.
Councillors unanimously rejected an application to keep temporary boat stores and riverside decking due to it having a detrimental impact on the character of the landscape.
During a Cheshire West and Chester planning meeting, councillors on the planning board expressed extensive concerns on the standards and upkeep of the watersports centre, which they said was a ‘an accident waiting to happen’.
Cllr Norman Wright said: “I have concerns that because of the health and safety on the site that it should not be allowed to continue.
“As a council we do not want to be responsible for allowing something to continue when it is not safe.”
The Mayor of Frodsham, Cllr Andrew Dawson, said that residents were against the activity centre because it was not in keeping with the character of the area and a ‘shock to stumble across in the Green Belt’.
“I support the idea of developing a local business but I would like a lot more work done to make it in keeping with the environment.
“You feel like you are going in to a secure location, it really is very out of keeping with the area, especially Frodsham bridge which we pride as the gateway to our town.”
Cllr Lynn Riley expressed fears over the access to the site.
She said: “The access is a very tiny gap down the side of the building, it is very hard for cars and vehicles to get access in and out at all.
“Also the site is so close to the bridge which is something that people in Frodsham are very proud of and which we all love.”
An agent speaking on behalf of the applicant said that the decking had fallen into a state of disrepair after bad weather caused water to destroy parts of the wood which had recently been refurbished.
“My client did not want to invest any further time doing anything on the site while was under application for planning, but that was delayed for various reasons.
“The section which is in disrepair is not being used by the public. Currently we have to decide if we are going to appeal or make changes and reapply.”