Giant operation to move 100-foot dinosaur takes place at Dinosaur Safari Adventure Golf on Barnet and Borehamwood border

Attraction owners Adventure Experience moved the 100-foot statue at "considerable cost" on the orders of planning officers

The monumental task of shifting the animal took three days and used a 90-tonne crane

A temporary road surface stretching more than 500 yards for laid down to undertake the operation

The diplodocus in its former home at the entrance to Dinosaur Safari Adventure Golf

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A giant model dinosaur that faced extinction on the orders of planning officers has been moved during a colossal three-day operation.

Owners of Dinosaur Safari Adventure Golf, in Rowley Lane,  undertook the move “at considerable cost” to save the 100-foot long diplodocus from demolition.

The huge statue, which was visible from the A1 Barnet Bypass, was due to be torn down last year on the orders of Hertsmere Borough Council planning officers who said it broke green belt building rules.

But managers at the novelty golf range successfully appealed the notice on the promise they would undertake a beastly operation to move the 20-foot tall creature, which weighs several tonnes.

The monumental task of shifting the animal took three days and used a 90-tonne crane across more than 500 yards of temporary road, which was laid especially for the job.

It has now been moved from the golf centre’s entrance to a new location at the side of the 18-hole course.

Scott Sinclair, managing director of Adventure Experience, which owns the attraction, said: “We are pleased that visitors can still marvel at our magnificent Jurassic inhabitant.

“Our dinosaurs are a fundamental asset that establishes our site theme, so we are extremely happy that we have found our diplodocus a new home on the course, allowing visitors to continue to enjoy its prehistoric presence.”

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10:33am Wed 23 Oct 13

james smyth says...

What a complete and utter waste of public money by the council enforcing this.
The "Beast" brings a bit of interest into the landscape,literally metres away is a huge ugly building thats lit up with green neon lighting,a hotel,an industrial estate a petrol station and a superstore.....So what really was the problem?
The council would of been better to sort out somne sort of crossing for the people who walk to Morrissons, they have to risk their lives crossing the road and as for motorists trying to exit Stirling way its just as bad even though the lights are back working!
What a complete and utter waste of public money by the council enforcing this. The "Beast" brings a bit of interest into the landscape,literally metres away is a huge ugly building thats lit up with green neon lighting,a hotel,an industrial estate a petrol station and a superstore.....So what really was the problem? The council would of been better to sort out somne sort of crossing for the people who walk to Morrissons, they have to risk their lives crossing the road and as for motorists trying to exit Stirling way its just as bad even though the lights are back working! james smyth
  • Score: 16

12:18pm Wed 23 Oct 13

rozziebee says...

What a pity, I liked seeing this as I drove past. And I agree with the previous comment as well - when you see the industrial estate on the other side of the road what is the point of having it moved?
What a pity, I liked seeing this as I drove past. And I agree with the previous comment as well - when you see the industrial estate on the other side of the road what is the point of having it moved? rozziebee
  • Score: 14

8:52am Tue 29 Oct 13

Mr. Datchery says...

This isn't wasting any public money. The enforcement would have been part of the day-to-day duties of the planning staff and the cost of the removal is met by the owners.
This isn't wasting any public money. The enforcement would have been part of the day-to-day duties of the planning staff and the cost of the removal is met by the owners. Mr. Datchery
  • Score: -3

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