High wire to move to Oasis Academy Wintringham in saga set to cost council £150,000
THE high wire will rise again at a Grimsby school after a four-year saga that will have cost the council more than £150,000 by the time the equipment is put up again.
Yesterday, North East Lincolnshire Council approved a decision to move the high wire structure – previously at Trin Young People's Centre, in Cleethorpes – to Oasis Academy Wintringham.
Principal Jane Bowman said she was "delighted" that their bid was accepted, and the school hopes to know when it will be ready within the next two weeks.
The facility will be used by pupils and also opened up for community use, which Mrs Bowman thought was "key" to the success of their bid.
She said: "It is our plan to open the high wire for use by local groups and enhance our growing reputation as a community hub.
"We are open 360 days a year and sometimes have up to 300 people using the site in the evenings, so we believe this is the perfect place for it.
"The pupils are really excited about its arrival and we look forward to integrating it into the sports curriculum."
As reported, the 12.5m facility was first installed at Trin Young People's Centre, in Beacon Hill Avenue, Cleethorpes, in 2008 at a cost of £92,000. However, residents of neighbouring properties complained about the facility – which overlooked them – claiming that it was a breach of their privacy.
It was closed in 2009 and last year, NELC approved the idea of moving the equipment to another location.
The controversial structure was taken down in February, this year, and put into storage by strategic partners Balfour Beatty at a cost of £90 a month, while NELC considered bids by various businesses and community groups.
It cost £10,380 to dismantle it and a report has advised transferring £57,220 to Oasis Academy Wintringham to cover the cost of relocating the equipment, bringing the total cost of the high wire over three years to more than £150,000.
Councillor Ian Lindley, portfolio holder for people and communities at NELC, said: "We are delighted that the new home for the high wire will be the Oasis Wintringham hub.
"The equipment fits hand in glove with the other activity already taking place on the site and will provide an excellent addition to this important community facility.
"We now look forward to actually seeing the equipment in situ and being used by young people and community groups as it was always intended to be."