The owners of Wookey Hole plan to open up unseen caverns beneath the Mendips as part of a £3 Million explansion.
Specialist consulting engineers have carried out a full geotechnical survey of rocks and plans are being submitted to bore an access tunnel through the rocks so that visitors can see a spectacular underground lake and cave formations only previously seen by cave divers.
Geotechnical checks have been made and the new tunnel will take around a month of work and will be ready in time for the summer holidays.
Almost £2.8m will be invested in leisure facilities in the Mendips over the next 4 years.
The district council has approved 50-year leases to Sports Management Company Fusion Lifestyle for five centres beginning in June 2015. The not-for-profit organisation bid for the contracts with plan involving four years worth of improvements.
The legal agreement is expected to be signed before Christmas, and the programme of investment due to be completed by 1 April 2018.
The following centres are set to benefit:
- Frome Leisure Centre - £2million
- Wells Leisure Centre - £550,0000
- Strode Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre - £100,000
- Tor Sports and Leisure Centre - £75,000
- Shepton Mallet Lido - £75,000