29 July 2001
Dear Cllr Merritt
Germany Beck development
I sat quietly at the back during Thursday's meeting of your
committee and was encouraged by what I heard.
I was the author of the paper about the location of the battle of Fulford
mentioned in the brief. I should also report that I had a meeting with Persimmon
and their consultants in April in an attempt to encourage them to relocate their
access road. They promised me a copy of their desk study which arrived just
before the meeting. Having read it, I believe that they cannot claim as they
imply in their application say that the battle site location is unknown. The
real question is what protection we are going to give this very special battle.
I had previously written to English Heritage Battlefield
Register today to seek their advice and have written again about the extra
investigation work mentioned in the brief which I will pass on to the officers
when I receive it. If Fulford was promoted to the elite group of battles on the
Register, the fate of the site would still be vested in your committee.
There were several issues raised at the meeting. I believe
they would be address if the access road was re-routed:
I am also concerned that the various traffic studies
mentioned at the meeting will focus on this single route rather than examining
bolder alternatives such as a link towards the ring road. Is it possible to ask
that an enquiry look at this possibility?
Taking a much longer view, if there is any risk that this
site will be extended by future generations, the existing access route will be
inadequate and a new route will then be required. Indeed, the construction of a
new road to the south might open new prospects in that area to the benefit of
developers and the City.
It might be interesting to investigate the income potential
and jobs that might be created if the site was to be developed, not at the
access to the estate but as another attraction for visitors. I would be very
happy to contribute my ideas.
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