Leeds City Council's plans for Roundhay Park

December 20, 2016 12:43 AM
By admin


Have you heard that there is a consultation going on by leisure company Go Ape and Leeds City Council on turning part of Roundhay Park into a tree top walk?

Details are on the Council’s web site here - http://www.leeds.gov.uk/leisure/Pages/Roundhay-Park.aspx and includes a link to Go Ape’s proposal document.

The consultation process only began on December 13th, yet the deadline for comments is January 7th, nowhere near long enough for any serious consultation process.

There are many potential benefits to Go Ape’s proposed Treetop Adventure Course. But there remain a lot of unanswered questions:

  • Parking is already very difficult around Roundhay Park at peak times (when the Go Ape course will be most popular). There are no concrete proposals for how the extra traffic will be accommodated. Go Ape just say they are ‘looking at opportunities to mitigate this impact’. Where are the extra cars going to go?

  • Go Ape also run Segway Courses at their other sites. Do they plan to do that in Roundhay Park too?

  • Nearly all of Go Ape’s courses are in rural areas. How will the course be protected against vandalism when it is closed? Will the security needed mean that part of the park is inaccessible to other park users?

  • What is the intended length of the contract? Will LCC be tied into an long arrangement that might be detrimental to the park and it’s users?