Reminder issued that rock climbing centre is approved

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ROCK climbing at a shopping centre has been approved as a safe place for children to attend, a council spokesman has reassured groups and schools looking to use the facility.

A spokesman from Hampshire County Council issued a statement to reassure schools and groups that Rock Up in Whiteley Shopping Centre has met the authority’s standards.

When the centre first opened in November last year, the authority sent out a message warning groups not to use the facility until it had been approved by the authority.

However it has since been checked and passed. A council spokesman said: ‘At the time the newly-opened centre was promoting its service directly to some schools, but had not provided the council with the necessary assurances regarding appropriate staff qualifications, operating procedures, risk management systems and assessments.

‘Following helpful liaison with Rock Up the relevant assurances and evidence were obtained and, in December, the centre was confirmed as an approved provider for school groups.

‘Schools were advised accordingly and a number have since successfully visited the centre.’

The centre, in Whiteley Way, has 26 climbs available on walls that measure more than 25ft high. It is suitable for anyone aged four and up.

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