Scheme will create artificial lake
Plans to build a surfing facility in a disused quarry on the outskirts of Edinburgh will be put out to consultation this week, three years after they were first unveiled.
Tartan Leisure, developer of “Wavegarden Scotland” will unveil their proposals at a series of public events on 22 and 27 February, before submitting a planning application in late spring.
The firm plans to transform the disused Craigpark Quarry pit near Ratho into a huge artificial lake with revolutionary wave technology, developed by Wavegarden in Spain – the company behind Surf Snowdonia which welcomed more than150,000 visitors last year.
This technology can generate consistent world class waves for any level of surfer, from beginner to Olympic athlete, at the flick of a switch.
Surfing is an ever-growing sport and will feature at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for the first time. Advances in wetsuit technology also means that surfers can be guaranteed warmth all year round.
The planned site lies directly across from the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena and it is hoped that together these facilities could put Ratho on the map as an international outdoor adventure destination, providing huge benefits to the local economy.
As well as the surfing and water sports facilities, the proposed plans also include self-catering lodges, a café, car park, retail outlets and a large country park for walkers, runners and cyclists to enjoy.
The Wavegarden Scotland development is expected to create more than 80 jobs, including specialised water sports jobs and a variety of roles in retail, catering and leisure.
Andy Hadden, the co-founder of Tartan Leisure, said: “Wavegarden Scotland is a thrilling new concept in the adventure leisure industry. If approved, it could position Scotland as a leading surfing destination as the country already has some world-class natural breaks. We’ve received fantastic feedback on our plans to date and we look forward to sharing them with the local community.”
Councillor Gavin Barrie, convener of Edinburgh Council’s economic committee said: “The Wavegarden Scotland project appears an exciting addition to active participant sport in the Edinburgh area.
“Anything that encourages people, whether young or old, to lead an active lifestyle and enjoy all the benefits that come with it is likely to garner support across the city. Hopefully, others will share my enthusiasm for development.”
William Watson, President of the Scottish Surfing Federation said: “We fully support this fantastic project and will continue to work with Tartan Leisure Ltd to ensure it fits with the best interests of Scottish surfing.”
Public consultation events will be held on:
· Wednesday 22 February, 3.30pm – 7.30pm at Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, Ratho (Patey Suite)
· Monday 27 February, 2.30pm – 7.30pm at Ratho Library