So, the plans for the whitewater course developments are in the hands of the user group. Chosen by people at the public meeting in August, they put us forward to have direct input into the design to make the developments work for all course users. The idea was that we’d discuss it, have direct input into the design and think it through in detail from all viewpoints, before deciding whether to go ahead with the project at the end of October.
So, who’s on there, and what’s everyone’s role?
Chris Hawkesworth – BCU facilities manager
Andy Laird – design consultant
Pete Orton – Valley Kayaks
Daniel Scott – Desperate Measures
Dawn and Ian Scott – Holme Pierrepont Canoe Club
Richard Chrimes – freestylist extraordinaire
Keith Hampton – safety and rescue
John Handyside – wild water racing
David Leathborough – whitewater rafting
Andy Maddock – world class slalom
Ian Bebbington – Nottinghamshire county council
Matt Chadder – recreational playboating
Pete Cornes – me – squirt boating
Over the last few weeks we’ve had quite a few more meetings down at the course, looking at ideas and possibilities.
The foundation of this is a hydrodynamic computer model of the course, calibrated against the course as it is at the moment. Andy Laird has been using this to take our feedback and include it in the design – and the next step is to take these designs back to the public and see if they’re hitting the spot.
The most important thing is a date for your diary. October 22nd at 7PM, at the Rugby Club behind the Peak UK shop. That’s the public user group meeting to look at the final plans and see if they fit the bill. We want input from as many people as possible, and I’d love to see you there…