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Forty Hall gate widening approved

Published Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Forty Hall has just received the go ahead to widen its historic front gate pillars as part of the wider Forty Hall Park Heritage Lottery Fund Project. The Project, which received backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2011, saw investment granted of £1.8m to improve Forty Hall Park

Forty Hall Gate The gate widening project will help improve access for visitors, as well as protect the historic gates which are Grade II listed and were built in the 18th century

Enfield Council has been working with local residents and Friends of Parks groups for some time to submit a Planning Application to widen the gates, so it is great news to hear it has now been granted.

Cllr Bambos Charalambous, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture said "These Grade II listed gates have suffered a lot of damage over the years as the entrance is very tight, especially for larger service vehicles trying to gain entry.

"This gate widening scheme, done as part of the larger improvements to Forty Hall Park, have received unanimous support from the wider public who are anxious to protect the heritage of the hall and its grounds."

Colin Pointer, Vice-President of the Enfield Society said "The Enfield Society, the Forty Hill & Bulls Cross Study Group and the Friends of Forty Hall Park have, for many years, campaigned for a sensible solution to the problem of vehicles damaging the gate pillars.  At last English Heritage has agreed with them that widening the entrance is the right solution.

"Full support has been given to the Council's proposals and the planning application which has now been approved."

Work will begin in 2014.

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