Campaign to Save Trent Park Mansion
Over the past few years it is been sad to see how the Trent Park Mansion has stood unused and now that it is not to become a Malaysian university, this Grade II listed building is at risk, unless a new and benevolent owner can be found.
A group of committed people with passion, armed with a website, twitter and Facebook accounts and an online petition, have kick-started Save Trent Park, to put pressure on Enfield Council to ensure that a new owner will retain the property as a public space and the public right to roam over the grounds.
To quote the campaign chairman Peter Gibbs:
"The threat of inappropriate development in the hands of a successor freeholder hangs heavily over the 50 acre site"
In a matter of days the Save Trent Park petition has gathered nearly 3,000 signatures. The aim s to collect enough signatures to trigger a debate at Enfield Borough Council and list the building as an asset for the community.You can sign the petition here
On March 10th The Friends of Trent Park held a public meeting to explore how to secure the long term future of the Mansion and the grounds, which over 400 people attended.
English Heritage has deemed the site at 'high risk' and is said to have moved forward its visit to the site.
The Mansion, its terrace and the Park, which are both Grade ll listed, arealready on the English Heritage At Risk register,
A spokesman for English Heritage at the meeting said "We have arranged a site visit for later this month, which will be an opportunity for us to assess the condition of the house and determine how we can best support the council in securing the future of both the house and park."
Could the Mansion be registered as an Asset of Community Asset?
Could it be feasible to launch a community fund to buy the Mansion, perhaps with lottery funding?
Cash strapped Enfield Council won't be able to contribute and there is a real danger that the Mansion could go the same way as Broomfield House unless urgent action is taken.
Watch the video on the campaign website here
This is a cause worth fighting for, but it needs many thousands more people to get behind it.
Can this important and beautiful building be saved for the people of Enfield?