HOPES are high that plans to bring a huge water slide to Portsmouth will become a reality.
The News revealed organisers were interested in bringing the 1,000ft flume to the south coast and were considering the city as a possible venue.
I think Portsmouth’s offering is much greater than Southampton’s, and we are a city used to bringing in major events, particularly around the tourist industry.Councillor Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council
Southampton was another area being looked at, but it is understood no negotiations have materialised.
Portsmouth City Council has identified a stretch of land near Fort Widley off Portsdown Hill as a suitable location.
Talks are ongoing between the authority and organisers Slide the City to make it happen.
Councillor Donna Jones, Tory council leader, said the stage is set in the city to welcome the attraction.
‘I think Portsmouth’s offering is much greater than Southampton’s, and we are a city used to bringing in major events, particularly around the tourist industry,’ she said.
‘We have experience in managing high parking numbers, we have a park-and-ride, and what’s clear is the people who would come here would be able to enjoy a range of other attractions across Portsmouth, such as our museums and our immense seafront.
‘It’s a whole-day event, as opposed to a morning or afternoon on the slide.’
Slide the City spokesman Tim Knapp told The News: ‘The city has contacted us and we are in the process of looking at different options for a slide location.
‘The likelihood of us coming to Portsmouth really depends on if we find a location that works for us and the city council. Any official announcements will be made on our website and Facebook page.’
Organisers say Portsmouth’s bid will be bolstered if The News acquires a large number of likes on its Facebook page in support.
Anyone over the age of five will be able to use the slide, with the price starting at £10 for a single ride, £20 for three rides, and £35 for unlimited use of the slide for an hour before it opens, and an hour after it closes.
Inflatable tubes to ride on are provided, or riders can bring their own.