PUBLIC consultations are to start over plans for a proposed multi-million pound surfing and leisure facility near Ratho.
Tartan Leisure Ltd, developers of ‘Wavegarden Scotland’, will unveil their proposals at two events later this month, ahead of submitting a planning application in late spring.
The potential leisure attraction, described as a first for Scotland, plans to transform the disused Craigpark Quarry pit into an artificial lake with “revolutionary” new wave technology, developed by Wavegarden in Spain – the company behind Surf Snowdonia.
This technology is said to be able to generate “consistent world class waves” for any level of surfer at the flick of a switch.
The planned site lies across from the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena. The proposals also include self-catering lodges, a café, car park, retail outlets and a large country park.
The Wavegarden Scotland development expects to create more than 80 jobs, including specialised water sports jobs.
Andy Hadden, the co-founder of Tartan Leisure Ltd, said, “Wavegarden Scotland is a thrilling new concept in the adventure leisure industry. If approved, it could position Scotland as a leading surfing destination as the country already has some world-class natural breaks. We’ve received fantastic feedback on our plans to date and we look forward to sharing them with the local community.”
Councillor Gavin Barrie, convener of City of Edinburgh Council’s Economic Committee, added, “The Wavegarden Scotland project appears an exciting addition to active participant sport in the Edinburgh area. Anything that encourages people, whether young or old, to lead an active lifestyle and enjoy all the benefits that come with it is likely to garner support across the city. Hopefully others will share my enthusiasm for development.”
William Watson, President of the Scottish Surfing Federation, said, “We fully support this fantastic project and will continue to work with Tartan Leisure Ltd to ensure it fits with the best interests of Scottish surfing.”
Surfing will feature at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for the first time.
The public consultation events will be held on:
· Wednesday 22 February, 3.30pm – 7.30pm at Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, Ratho (Patey Suite)
· Monday 27 February, 2.30pm – 7.30pm at Ratho Library