An outdoor activity centre is fighting to keep a climbing wall – dubbed by one neighbour as the ‘monstrosity of Moulton’ – from having to be knocked down.
Adventure Ways, based at the The P&M Courtyard, in Boughton Road, built the 12- metre wooden linear rope course and abseil tower earlier this year.
But after a small number of objections from Moulton residents, the not -for-profit company, which provides outdoor activities and training for 11 to 16 year-olds who have left mainstream education, was refused retrospective planning permission for the wood-panelled climbing wall element as it was seen to be ‘visually intrusive and poorly designed’.
Last month Daventry District Council gave the group orders to remove the climbing wall. But Adventure Ways boss Kurt Perryman, who paid £10,000 of his own money to build the structure, is appealing the decision.
“I say to Moulton residents, come down here and have a look at it for yourselves,” he said. “I say to the council, are you in support of helping young people or not?”
A leaflet was circulated around Moulton calling for the structure to be removed, labelling it an ‘eyesore’ and the ‘monstrosity of Moulton’.
Mr Perryman has been told he can keep the rest of the rope course, but the climbing wall must go.
However outdoor instructor at Adventure Ways, John Soper-Dyer, said the wall was key as it can be used to provide coaching to young people, who can even work towards becoming a climbing instructor.
He said: “It’s giving the young people a chance to develop their technical and physical skills and maybe even find employment from it.”
Adventure Ways has launched a petition to keep the climbing wall at www.change.org/p/daventry-district-council-keep-the-adventure-ways-climbing-wall