A planned expansion has come under heavy fire!
Imagine you are Surf Snowdonia, the very first of the next generation wave pools. You swung wide your gates and let the world in almost four-years-ago. An eternity before Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch, a lifetime before Waco’s Cable Park and Australia’s Surf Lakes.
You were the crowning achievement. The kick-off. You made people see the possibilities but does the surf universe care? Does the surf universe even know you are still around?
No. You are a relic. You are the Apple II so what do you do?
Build a hotel, activity center (centre) and zipline, of course.
Yes, the owners of the pool there in bucolic Wales have planned for an expansion but it is being objected to by nearby Snowdonia National and let us turn to the BBC in order to understand why.
Surf Snowdonia faces opposition to plans for a 106-bed hotel and activity centre offering 100 new jobs.
Community councillors in Dolgarrog back the £10m plans at the artificial lake, sited on a former aluminium works.
But opponents, including Snowdonia National Park, fear traffic congestion and the scheme’s visual impact.
Planning officers said concerns about flood risk and contaminated land should also be addressed before Conwy councillors approved any scheme.
A zip wire, over the existing surf lagoon, stretching from the proposed five-storey activity building would also be included, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.
Snowdonia National Park said it objected because it felt the building design was out of character and that the size and capacity of the scheme was excessive, complaints mirrored by the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales.
And there we have it. “Snowdonia National Park said it objected because it felt the building design was out of character and that the size and capacity of the scheme was excessive.”
Let us study the building design.
Very stern, I think. Very Templehof Airport in Berlin which is a classic example of the Nazi style, best described as a stripped-down neoclassicism and/or a utilitarian style for major infrastructure projects and industrial or military complexes.
The size and capacity issue is understandable, I suppose. Would you want lots of dumb surfers coming to your back yard? Dumb surfers staying in a Nazi hotel?