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Don't put tree playground outside my girls' bedroom; Father's fears over park plan.


PLANS to transform Croxteth Country Park into an adventure playground could be ditched - to protect the privacy of teenage girls.

Jungle Parc wanted to create a highwire attraction among the trees, with swings, zip-lines, bridges, beams and platforms.

But a man living opposite the park complained to Liverpool City Council that thrill-seekers might be able to see direct into the bedrooms of his teenage daughters.

Councillors will now visit the site themselves before deciding whether to give the go-ahead to the plan.

Jungle Parc, an adventure company based in France and Spain, opened an attraction called Go Ape in Delamere Forest.

But the Croxteth Park site would have been the first of its type in the UK, company bosses said.

They hoped the adventure playground would be up and running by Easter.

But Michael Hennessey objected to the scheme amid fears for the privacy of his Windermere Drive property.

The house is directly opposite the proposed adventure playground.

He said the trees were not dense enough to prevent people having good views of his house. Mr Hennessey said: "Anyone using the facility would be able to see right into my property. This includes the bedrooms of my teenage daughters."

Planning committee chairman Cllr Dave Irving said he had "a lot of sympathy"

With Mr Hennessey's position.

He asked officers whether the entire site could be shifted south west away from the Potters Plantation, to prevent anyone's property being overlooked.

The committee decided to defer any decision until a site visit, pencilled in for January 29, had taken place.

But Cllr Irving said he expected a more detailed approach from Jungle Parc before the panel made a judgement. He described the proposal put before the committee as an "airy-fairy application".


ONTHE LOOKOUT: Michael Hennessey does not want an adventure park that would overlook his house to be built. Inset: A view from another Jungle Parc shows how the scheme could look at Croxteth Country Park; CONCERNED: Mr Hennessey
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 16, 2008
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