Adventure park plan is zipping along at Moel Famau

Reporter:

Lois Hough

AMBITIOUS plans to build an adventure park at a Vale of Clwyd beauty spot will be submitted in the spring.


A planning application for a Zip Wild network at Moel Famau Country Park will be submitted to Denbighshire County Council by the makers behind the popular Go Ape course.
 

Five zip lines will traverse the Cwm Bach valley to give daring visitors the feeling of flying above the forest floor and seeing the area in a completely new way.


Customers will be fitted with a harness and will be taken around the course with an instructor.


Makers say the plans have been carefully crafted to ensure the tree-top course will not interfere with regular visitors to the park.
 

They are appealing to the people of Denbighshire to view the plans online and submit their thoughts.


An information leaflet on the plans reads: “The course is set high up above the valley, and so only uses air space, allowing unrestricted access below.
 

“There is no music or machinery.
 

“Participants progress from tree to tree under their own steam.


“During the day and early evening the reception chalet and the course are constantly manned by uniformed, radio-linked instructors - which elsewhere have proved useful as an extra resource for park supervision and assistance to the general public.
 

“Every evening when the course is closed, the zips will be made secure so that unauthorised access to the course is prevented.”


Plans have received a mixed reaction from members of the public.
 

On a website set up to gauge the views of residents, user ‘Ken’ said: “This is a fantastic proposal for the area and will help gain greater recognition for Moel Famau.”
 

‘Roy’ wrote: “We hope your are successful with your planning application and look forward to receiving details of when it will open.”


But other users had concerns about the increased volume of traffic and noise that would arise from the new project.


User ‘Daz’ writes: “I think it’s simply a money making idea and you will be destroying the peace and tranquillity with a theme park.


“Those who currently use the area enjoy the wilderness feel. Your plans will reduce the slopes into an Alton Towers theme park.”
 

If plans are approved, bosses are hoping the new adventure course will be open in time for 2012.


Go Ape spokesman Ben Davies said: “We believe that we have an excellent proposal at Moel Famau, which will be a great addition to the area.


“It will create jobs, and be an attraction for the area to be proud of.
 

“We are aiming to open in 2012 and hope to put in a planning application this year.
“We have take care to speak to local residents and stakeholders, and have taken on board their views.


“Our application will incorporate this feedback,” he added.
 

Have your say at www.zipwildatmoelfammau.com

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