Fresh concerns about cascade
FRESH concerns about Wilton Park’s water cascade have been raised just weeks before it is due to be switched on.
The water feature was originally going to be switched on on July 8 but the event was delayed due to bad weather and safety concerns.
Last week the News reported that the cascade switch-on, the grand finale of the Bradford Road park’s centenary celebrations, would go ahead as soon as safety railings were installed to prevent children playing on the cascade steps at the edge of the lake.
However, at a public meeting last week new worries about the unveiling and the construction of the water feature were raised by the Friends of Wilton Park.
Outgoing vice-chairman Dave Gitton told last week’s Friends meeting that the safety railings needed for the unveiling may not be possible.
He said: “We’ve already been told by the builders who built the feature that the walls aren’t suitable to put up the railings.”
Despite these claims, a spokeswoman for Kirklees Council said low railings would be being installed within the next few weeks and the official switch-on was scheduled for mid-September.
She said the construction of the cascade was ‘perfectly sound’ but the front of the feature was too inviting to children to play on.
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