Climbing wall in Northamptonshire ‘must now be dismantled’

John Soper-Dyer, left, and Kurt Peryyman of outdoor activity company Adventure Ways, have lost their appeal to over Daventry District Council's decision to remove their climbing wall in Moulton.
John Soper-Dyer, left, and Kurt Peryyman of outdoor activity company Adventure Ways, have lost their appeal to over Daventry District Council's decision to remove their climbing wall in Moulton.

A decision to order the dismantling of a climbing wall for troubled teens in Moulton has been labelled as ‘utterly bonkers’ by the man who helped build it.

Adventure Ways, based at the The P&M Courtyard, in Boughton Road, built the 12- metre wooden linear rope course and abseil tower in 2014.

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’.

An appeal against that decision to the Planning Inspectorate has now been refused on the grounds it remains ‘unsightly and inappropriate’.

But Adventureways boss Kurt Perryman said he is astounded by the decision and has vowed to write to the Prime Minister in protest.

“I just don’t get it,” he said. “If this was a design which created lots of traffic, if it was an absolute eyesore, if the directors were making a tonne of money from it I would understand. But it is none of those things.

“The decision is utterly bonkers, it really is.”

Mr Perryman has been given orders to take down the entire linear rope course section of the climbing wall within three months.

That section, he said, was a key component as it was used to help youngsters gain their NICAS climbing instructorship qualifications.

He added: “It’s just such a disappointment to think how the government works. Why aren’t they doing everything to help an organisation like us?”