Weston-super-Mare water park picnic ban overturned

Water Adventure Play Park
Image caption Weston-super-Mare opened the Water Adventure Play Park in 2010 on the seafront

Councillors have lifted a ban on visitors taking picnics into a popular Weston-super-Mare tourist attraction.

Weston Town Council made the order in 2010 when Water Adventure Play Park opened on the seafront, in a bid to avoid a potential litter problem.

It also hoped to encourage people to buy food from the on-site kiosk.

Council clerk Malcolm Nicholson accepted the ban could not be enforced and said visitors should have the freedom to choose what they eat.

He added "budgets were tight" and said people should be able to bring their own food in a bid to help them cut costs.

The decision was taken at the council's Tourism and Leisure Committee meeting.

The park is open all year round and features a wooden play area and a seasonal 'splash pad', which includes water fountains and sprays, triggered by sensors and buttons.

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