The model boating lake is owned by Wicksteed and should therefore be managed by Wicksteed.
As with all public places the owners have a duty of care to ensure that anyone using any of their facilities does so in a safe and controlled manner.
The Wicksteed MBC are allowed to use the lake 24/7 with the managements agreement, if someone is going around stating that the MBC manage the lake on behalf of Wicksteed then they need to be very careful indeed as should an incident / accident occur then the MBC could find themselves in 'deep water' so to speak.
Do they (the MBC) have proper risk assessments, H&S policies, child protection policies etc in place and published ? More importantly have Wicksteed management ensured that these policies are in place and complied with ?
Spearfish. You are correct in saying that if you pay your entry fee you are entitled to use the 'free' facilities, you do not have to be a member of Wicksteed MBC to use the lake.
I'm afraid in todays society of litigation we all need to recognise and minimise risks and by doing so we can reduce the chances of an accident happening in the first place, it really boils down to awareness, I'm afraid ignorance of rules, regulations and the law is no defence in a court of law.