Controversial Hitchin rope park plan withdrawn

PLANS for a controversial high rope park at a secluded beauty spot have been withdrawn pending an ecological survey. The directors of Jump, who want to create the park in an area of Hitchin woodland between Windmill Hill and The Queen Mother Theatre know

PLANS for a controversial high rope park at a secluded beauty spot have been withdrawn pending an ecological survey.

The directors of Jump, who want to create the park in an area of Hitchin woodland between Windmill Hill and The Queen Mother Theatre known as The Dell, say they are temporarily withdrawing their planning application with North Herts District Council.

Director Elias Xenophontos said they want to outline plans to protect the wood's ecology. "We have already commissioned a tree survey which revealed that many of the trees are in urgent need of remedial work. More than safeguarding the wildlife, we actually want to improve the natural environment as well as improving access so that The Dell becomes an attractive natural retreat in the town centre."

The plan is opposed by the 600-plus strong Don't Jump! Facebook group who say the proposals would destroy a much-loved area of wilderness.


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The Jump plan won the backing of almost 500 Hitchin residents who filled out questionnaires in the town last year.

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