Torquay is getting enormous climbing partitions


Visitors to the Riviera Center in Torquay could reach new heights if climbing wall proposals are given the go-ahead.

The Torbay City Council planning committee will decide on plans to build two new climbing walls on five disused tennis courts on the south side of the fitness and conference center across from Torre Abbey.

A climbing wall will be 3.7 meters high and another 10.5 meters high and will be built on the old plazas next to Abbey Park.

As the project progresses, a storage cubicle will house changing rooms, a reception area and an equipment store. The three-meter-high building will have rooftop seating so that spectators can watch the climbers.

It is open all year round, from April to September from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from October to April from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Planning permission is being sought from Parkwood Leisure Limited, which operates the Riviera Center on behalf of Torbay City Council.

Five objections have been received from local residents. Some fear a lack of disabled access, others fear of vandalism if the facilities go into disrepair.

The Torbay Heritage Trust has expressed discomfort about the noise pollution to players on the five neighboring tennis courts. They are also concerned that the development is having a negative impact on the Torre Abbey area.

Torbay City Council’s Planning Committee will meet on Monday 10 January to decide on the proposal.