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Zip wire planned at Nottinghamshire adventure park

A new zip wire could be added to the adventure hub at King’s Mill Reservoir as Nottinghamshire County Council seeks terms for a new lease to further improve the site.

The authority plans a new agreement with Ashfield District Council to provide the facilities at The Mill Adventure Base, in Sutton-in-Ashfield, with the amount of land to be used by the authority likely to be extended.

It comes as council documents confirm plans to add more facilities to the already-improved site following separate works to replace the climbing tower and high ropes course.

The works, which have already been completed, couple an investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund to improve the existing cafe and add “panoramic views” across the popular reservoir.

Now the county council has confirmed its plans as it looks to make the adventure base “self-financing”.

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The improvements would require the council to terminate its existing lease with Ashfield District Council, the site’s landlord, and create a new agreement for control over a larger area of the nature reserve.

It will see the authority paying Ashfield District Council £2,175 per annum, exclusive of other rates and outgoings, for the existing centre, ecology field, community spaces and the adventure course area.

At present, the current base rent for the adventure centre is £1,050 per year, with rent for smaller areas of the reserve agreed at £1,700.

A decision on whether to agree to the new lease, which would run until December 31, 2041, will be taken by the county council’s economic development and asset management committee on March 8.

Documents published ahead of the meeting state: “[It is] proposed to provide a further extended adventure course including zip wires and a variety of access structures, which will also require the council to occupy further land.

“This will bring the enlarged site under a single lease encompassing the existing centre, ecology field, community field and adventure course area.”

They add: “This latest phase would provide a community offer of activities to be made available to the wider public, thereby increasing numbers and helping to make the centre become self-financing.”

Under the new lease, the county council would be responsible for insuring, controlling and maintaining the adventure park.

Approval of the zip wire plans would be subject to a separate county council decision in the future.

It comes as separate works to improve the reservoir and nearby facilities come close to completion.

The Heritage Lottery funding used for the cafe also led to restoration work on the historic King’s Mill Viaduct.

This led to better access between Mansfield and Ashfield and created a viewing platform over the nearby Hermitage ponds.

The open spaces along the River Maun between the ponds and Sutton Lawn also retain the story of the mill industries that were once the hub of activity in the area.

Dredging work at the reservoir, which started in October, is also due to be completed this month.

The work includes creating a new habitat through the formation of sediment breaks, which will assist in the natural creation of reed-bed islands on the water.

And improvement work at the site’s heritage centre cafe is also now complete, having started in November.

Councillor Samantha Deakin, who represents Sutton on both councils, previously welcomed the redevelopment work.

She said: “I’m extremely proud of the work that is being done at King’s Mill Reservoir.

“The Mill Waters project [brings] a vast amount of improvements to the site all the way through to Sutton Lawn.

“I’m sure that this will be a turning point in Ashfield’s visitor economy, as well as benefiting wildlife and activity participation.”

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