Campaign launched to save London's Trent Park

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Campaign launched to save London's Trent Park

A campaign to save a Downton Abbey-style manor in north London, with links to the Royals, is attracting support from thousands of supporters.
Mansion House which sits in Trent Park, Cockfosters was used by the Queen in her childhood and also played a key part in World War II as a secret listening centre for MI9. In more recent times, it was a campus for Middlesex University. 
Two years ago, the Grade II-listed building and its grounds were bought by Malaysia's Allianze University College of Medical Sciences, who closed it off to the public. It is now only accessible to those hiring it out for filming purposes. But concerns have been raised over the state of the site and there are claims that its owners ACMS have run into financial trouble. 
The Save Trent Park campaign is being led by Enfield Southgate MP David Burrowes and local Councillor Jason Charalambous.
Jason said: "The terrace at the back of the house is collapsing and has been put on English Heritage's at Risk Register.
“They have informed me that they are on the verge of putting the house itself on the at Risk Register. The beautiful landscape surrounding the Manison is also under threat, so there's a real urgency to our campaign," he added.
More than 2,700 people have signed the campaign's petition which is calling for an application to register the site as an asset of community value. Jason said: "At the very least we hope that any owner would guarantee public access to the grounds and house. I also hope that some kind of tribute to the Second World War could be placed here to really show the role it played and to bring it to the attention of the wider public."
Trent Park Management, which is looking after the affairs of the building's Malaysian owners have rubbished claims that ACMS has gone bust and is selling the site on.
"Media reports on the financial position of the owners of Trent Park, ACMS, are inaccurate.  This property is a valuable asset of the company which it continues to invest in whilst considering various options for its future,” the management said.

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