The recent campaign to save Trent Park, a listed mansion visited by nearly a million people a year remains unresolved. The listed mansion visited by nearly a million people a year, faces an uncertain future after Malaysia’s Allianze University College of Medical Sciences (AUCMS), the owners since August 2013, have been facing financial trouble.
Back on March 10th, David Burrowes chaired a public meeting which was attended by over 400 people and a number of speakers including Second World War historian Dr Helen Fry, Friends of Trent Park chairman Peter Gibbs, a senior Enfield Council officer and Christ Church vicar, the Reverend Dr Richard Jones.
Since this meeting, the campaign has reached cross-party support and the petition has almost 4000 signatures, calling for the Council to ensure that public access to the grounds remains by approving the submitted application to register the site as an asset of community value.
The Campaign was proving to be a great success, attracting interest from The Department of Community, Media and Sport, The Mayor of London Boris Johnson, the GLA cultural office and English Heritage.
However, Enfield Council has yet to announce its decision on the community asset application submitted nearly two months ago and campaigners fear that the Council are leaving the announcement to the last possible moment as the deadline is in a matter of days.
In order to save Trent Park, the campaign must be find an appropriate buyer for the site and only an approved community asset application can grant sufficient time to do this, before a sale takes place.
Campaigner and Councillor Jason Charalambous fears that such a delay in fact suggests that the application may be rejected which ‘would be a clear statement by the Labour run Council that any commercial enterprise has carte blanche to do with Trent Park what they like at the expense of the public interest’.
David Burrowes said ‘I call upon Enfield Council to stop dragging their feet and make the decision to register Trent Park as a community asset of value to help secure its future’.