Diana fountain saga continues

Another visitor hospitalised one day after re-opening

The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain saga continues. One day after re-opening, after a month-long safety review, another visitor has been taken to hospital having slipped on mud at the site. The incident, on 21 August, is the latest in a long line of setbacks at the £3.6 million, Kathryn Gustafson-designed fountain. It also flooded not long after the official opening on 6 July. The Royal Parks closed the fountain within a fortnight of opening after three people were hurt having slipped on wet granite (HW, 29 July). Contractors roughened the stone to prevent further slippages and visitors are banned from wading in the water. Six security guards limit access to the site and make sure people only dip their feet. A Royal Parks representative said: “On Saturday, a woman slipped on wet grass. The problem recently has been the sheer amount of rain. There is land drainage there and it’s working fine — it has just been such a wet August.”

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