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11 May 2015

Dear Prime Minister

Congratulations on your re-election. We exchanged letters early in 2013 when I drew your attention to the threat from an outline planning application to the proven site of the 1066 battle of Fulford which was granted in 2007 by an earlier SoS. A year later I felt it necessary to write to the Cabinet Secretary complaining about the way the issues I had raised with you were being ignored by the relevant ministers. A copy of this letter is enclosed.

I also attach a letter that I sent to every York Councillor pointing out how so much false and misleading information had been provided and calling for an inquiry arguing that planning decisions should be guided by the evidence.

Work is currently stalled, and the battlefield survives, because an extensive water vole habitat that fills the ditch across which the battle was fought was revealed by a young girl to the media and has been confirmed by experts. I stopped notifying these habitats myself since each time I did so the habitat has been destroyed soon after. So last week I wrote to the North Yorkshire Police reminding them of a previous investigating into criminal activity connected with these destructions and pointing out that the circumstances were in place for a further act of criminality.

The original permission was based on the false facts that the water voles did not live there, that it was not a very important bat habitat, that the area did not flood and that there was no evidence that the battle of Fulford was fought on the site. These assertions were known to be wrong at the time and the key Councillors, who I note have recently lost their seats, claimed that since the SoS had decided these matters, they could not examine any evidence. So it is important that your ministers intervene since it is by their authority that site is scheduled to be destroyed.

Next year will be the 950th anniversary of the invasions of 1066. Unless some political action is taken the entire ditch where the English shieldwall blocked the Viking invasion will be buried beneath an access road. Your previous government offered £1.9million to try to protect the planned access road from the regular flooding. (My letter to the CabSec details how I have tried to investigate the misuse of ‘pinch point‘ funding for this new road).

Please ask the new ministers to review my correspondence and address the issues that I have raised. Heritage and housing can easily co-exist on this site simply by avoiding the vital ditch that drains the flood water and which should already be protected as an important wild life conduit. And this short section of ditch, which links it to the river Ouse, is beyond any doubt the site of the  first, and arguably largest, battle site of 1066.

Yours sincerely


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