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Users group’s fury over Go Ape plans
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
n the trees: Work is under way to put up a rope swing and ladders in the park
PARK users furious at the prospect of a Go Ape Tree Top Adventure in the midst of Trent Park have stepped up their campaign this week and are demanding the council re-runs the planning consultation.
The campaigners claim that the Go Ape organisation left key parts of the planning application form blank – voiding the approved application.
But Enfield Council has dismissed their appeals, saying that the information left out of the form was not actually needed.
Chris Bond, cabinet member for environment, was emphatic that the application had been properly processed.
He said: “The planning application for the Go Ape adventure park was correctly signed and dated in the three places required by law.
“The section on trees does not need to be completed because a full habitat survey and tree survey was completed. As such there is no defect in this application and we will not be reconsidering this application.”
In a bid to raise awareness about the plans, the Stop Go Ape campaigners organised a protest rally last Saturday in Trent Park.
Chris Street, of The Mall, Southgate, was at the demo and is incensed at the decision. He told the Advertiser: “The protest was very productive and it was very interesting to meet up with the other people who are against this.
“It is only something that has just come to light – the council has been deliberately been keeping quiet about it.”
The True Friends Of Trent Park, which is leading the campaign against the Tree Top Adventure, has also submitted a letter to the authority's chief executive Rob Leak, in which it argues: “The owners of Trent Country Park, Enfield Council, has granted itself planning permission without proper consultation with the general public and users of this beautiful park.”
Work has already begun on the planned adventure trail, which is scheduled to open for public use in February.
But the protesters are undeterred and have set up a Facebook page called Stop Go Ape At Trent Park and an online petition www.ipetitions.com/
petition/stopgoape where people can support the campaign.
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Posted by : anne, enfield | Monday 13/Feb/2012 | Report this comment
It’s a requirement of the Wildlife and Countryside Act ’81 to do an environmental impact assessment by qualified ecologists (Habitat Regs 2010 on Protected Species)and for common reptiles,barn owls and otherbirds not protected by Schedule 1 which applies to ALL planning authorities in England. Has this been done? and where’s the proof? There are adders nearby which are protected.
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