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Enfield Green Party statement on the Go Ape facility in Trent Park
Enfield Council has given permission for Go Ape to build and operate an aerial adventure course in the
Church Wood section of Trent Park Country Park (TP). Though supported by the Friends of Trent Park this has
been vigorously opposed by some local people, including a newly-formed organisation, the True Friends of Trent
Park, and there has been some vandalism by opponents.
The decision raises wider issues. Though we condemn the vandalism we recognise that the Council's consultation process was inadequate (though presumably legal). The limited nature of the consultation led some people to feel that the whole thing had been sprung on them and to respond with anger and wild claims. Enfield Council should have recognised that this development was going to be controversial and should have taken more steps to involve current park users and the families and children who might use Go Ape in the future.
Though taking longer and costing more an extended process would have had more chance of creating consensus. It is the cost of democracy.
A final point about the future. GA is a commercial enterprise and may wish to expand its TP facilities in the future. The aerial adventure course is acceptable because of its modest impact. It must not be the thin end of the wedge for additional noisy or damaging developments.
Published and promoted by Bill Linton for Enfield Green Party, both at 39A Fox Lane, London N13 4AJ