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BRENTWOOD: High ropes course plan

By This is Essex  |  Posted: December 23, 2009

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PLANS have swung into action to build a new adrenaline-zapping high ropes adventure course in the borough.

Giles Murray, the managing director of Brentwood Karting, at Brentwood Leisure Park, Warley Gap, has submitted the planning application to build the tree top course in woodland next to the race track.

The new attraction would provide visitors with a completely different kind of thrill.

This news comes after Billericay couple, Kevin and Jo Ellis, successfully opened the Rope Runners course in woodland at the Secret Nuclear Bunker, in Kelvedon Hatch, earlier this year.

As well as the race track, there is also a ski slope, leisure centre and Chinese restaurant at Brentwood Leisure Park.

The new course would be built on green belt land but trees would not be used to support the zip wire and high ropes course, instead poles would be installed.

The plans explain: "The top of the zip wire would be accessed via a 15m tower situated in the corner of the site adjacent to the raceway.

"Making use of the significant drop of level within the site it is intended to run a long zip wire from the tower through to the adjoining woodland.

"From the end of the zip wire would run a series of high rope challenges, eventually bringing participants back to the tower for a 'fan drop' finish. The tower would include a climbing wall."

Motorists would be able to use the existing car park. There are also cycle stands and a nearby bus stop.

Should it get the go-ahead, the centre would be open seven days a week and create job opportunities for the community.

The final decision on the plans will be made by Brentwood Borough Council.

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