Does covenant offer fun park a lifeline?

Aquasplash at LeisureWorld in Hemel Hempstead.
Aquasplash at LeisureWorld in Hemel Hempstead.

BOSSES at under-threat Aquasplash say a covenant protecting the water fun park throws them a lifeline.

Council chiefs have confirmed that when LeisureWorld was opened in 1995 a covenant was drawn up protecting facilities on the site for 25 years.

But under plans revealed by landlords Capital & Regional the site will be revamped this summer – with the loss of Aquasplash.

Staff at the facility have collected 5,000 signatures in support of its survival.

General manager Kerstin Ginn said 10,000 people visited Aquasplash during half term.

“We had a really successful half term,” she said. “We were explaining to people coming in. Everyone was really shocked that it was going.”

She said they were investigating the covenant and hoped it meant Aquasplash could stay.

But despite the document Capital & Regional’s plans for LeisureWorld include the statement: “Aquasplash will close in due course.”

Confidential discussions are now taking place between Dacorum Borough Council and Capital & Regional concerning the revamp.

In a statement the council said: “The council can confirm that there is a covenant which applies to the whole of the LeisureWorld site. This covers a range of activities including the Aquasplash swimming pool.

“We are aware that Capital & Regional, head tenants, are interested in revamping LeisureWorld as a whole. At this moment in time, the discussions are confidential and still at an early stage.”

Last year the nightclubs, bar and bowling alley at LeisureWorld closed after Luminar went bust.