Slide the City urged not to give up on Portsmouth giant flume attraction

Slide the City
Slide the City
  • Lib Dem warns council should not lead people on if slide plans are dead in the water
  • Organisers still yet to reveal what’s happening
  • Similar events have already been cancelled in UK
Have your say

THE operators of a giant water slide are being urged not to axe plans to bring the attraction to Portsmouth.

Slide the City announced earlier this year it was eyeing up the city as a potential venue for the 1,000ft flume, which has proven a hit overseas and in this country.

There are lots of options for the slide here - it’s not too late and I would urge the organisers to get to Portsmouth this summer.

Councillor Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council

Portsmouth City Council identified land near Fort Widley, off Portsdown Hill, as a suitable location – and hopes were high the ball would get rolling and the slide would come this summer.

But council officials last spoke to event bosses seven weeks ago and have not heard anything since. It comes after Slide the City postponed bringing a similar flume to Leeds amid safety fears.

However the slide did go to Manchester as planned on July 18.

Councillor Donna Jones, Tory council leader, said: ‘We have suggested some sites but have not heard anything more back.

‘I am not frustrated, I would just like to welcome the organisers with open arms.

‘It’s an event the people of Portsmouth would like.

‘It would be very popular.

‘There are lots of options for the slide here – it’s not too late and I would urge the organisers to get to Portsmouth this summer.’

The News has yet to hear back from the organisers over the future of Portsmouth’s event, despite several attempts to make contact.

Southampton was another area being looked at, but negotiations never materialised.

Cllr Lee Hunt, Lib Dem culture spokesman, warned the council should not lead people on.

He said: ‘I think the administration needs to be really careful about how it raises people’s expectations.

‘When something comes to the city, it’s fantastic.

‘But when something does makes the headlines, people look forward to it. Their hopes are then dashed (if nothing materialises).’

The concerns come despite £1m being spent on creating a huge trampolining venue in Portsmouth – the first of a series of arenas planned by firm Flip Out.

An empty warehouse in North Harbour will be transformed into the activity centre, which feature dozens of interconnected trampolines that allow jumpers to spring and vault in all directions.