Following a long and concerted campaign to open the High Ropes at Stanborough Lakes, Welwyn Hatfield Labour Party are pleased to report that the Council has in the face of sustained pressure over the last three years, finally arranged to open the facility, potentially as soon as this May.
Getting a grip on this facility and its failure to open was one of our priorities for a Labour Council. Throughout the election campaign, we spread that message to tens of thousands of local residents – explaining what had happened, and highlighting the disgrace that it had simply been left dormant. A £500,000 monument to failure.
Some said we were lying. They said it couldn’t be done.
We knew that there were good offers to open up this facility. We were angry that the Tories had chosen to do nothing. As ever, once again public pressure scares this Conservative administration into action – but not after too many years of in-action.
Although not everyone in Welwyn Hatfield wanted the high-ropes or even plans to use them, we were all losing money as they just sat there. The delay of nearly three years in opening this facility has cost us all. The Conservatives already have a great deal of explaining to do – they will not be able to hide behind the on-going legal action forever.
We are proud of Councillors and Campaigners like Astrid Thorpe whose pressure and commitment to getting the best deal for every Welwyn Hatfield resident has got a result here.
This is what we can achieve in opposition. Just think how much could be achieved if we won control.
We don’t promise anything that can’t be delivered. After three years of silence, the soon to be opened high-ropes is just one example of what can be achieved if you fight for it.
And rest assured, Welwyn Hatfield Labour Party will never stop fighting for you.