Stockton could become home to an exciting new attraction with the potential to draw thousands of fun seekers from across the country.
Next Thursday (17 July) Stockton Council’s Cabinet will consider another innovative “invest-to-save” proposal which could see a four-storey high ropes course constructed next to Stockton’s Olympic standard White Water Course.
The 18 metres high Sky Trail would be the highest in the UK and one of the tallest structures on the horizon.
Stockton would be the only place in the UK where a Sky Trail can be found alongside an Olympic standard white water course, making it a unique adventurous outdoor facility.
It is estimated that the new attraction, run by Tees Active, would generate a projected surplus of at least £100,000 per year whilst also significantly increasing visitor numbers to the Borough.
In the last decade Stockton Council has developed a strong strategic partnership with Tees Active, which runs leisure facilities and activities across the Borough on behalf of the Council.
As part of the Medium Term Financial Plan approved by Full Council in February, it was agreed that the Council would allocate funding to further develop Tees Active facilities on an “invest-to-save” basis.
Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Ken Dixon, said: “We already have a world-class facility in the white water course and the Sky Trail would complement this. It would mean that Stockton could offer both wet and dry activities on one site, bringing more people into the Borough.
“Stockton is quickly becoming a fun and vibrant visitor destination. The introduction of Sky Trail would be another exciting addition and would certainly help put our Borough further on the map.
“The impact that the Sky Trail could have on the local economy should not be underestimated. High ropes facilities in other parts of the country are very successful and have brought a significant increase in footfall – I’m confident that Stockton would reap the same benefits. By offering something new and different Stockton will become a place people from far and wide want to visit. This increase in footfall would, without a doubt, increase spend at local hotels, shops and eateries.”
Councillor Dixon added: “We know there are many physical and psychological benefits to keeping fit and active so we want all our residents to have the opportunity to access facilities and services that support them in this. That’s why our partnership with Tees Active is so important and the more attractive we can make its offer the better.”
If agreed by Cabinet the proposal will be further developed ahead of it being considered for planning approval.