Plymouth City Council to carry out essential maintenance work on Efford Fort
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Efford Fort is one of many historic Palmerston Forts from the 19th century located around Plymouth. The site is on the heritage "at risk" register and is in severe need of scrub and foliage clearance and general maintenance to prevent further permanent damage to an essential but overlooked part of Plymouth's history. Heritage site surveys (publicly available online) have noted that due to neglect several parts of the structure are in danger of collapse. At some point in the forts history, the current or previous site users have treated the location with disregard and used the parade ground, the dry-moat, and the surrounding parkland as a rubbish dump, which can clearly be seen from the public spaces around the Fort. Deer Park and Efford Warren (which form the nature reserves that surround the exterior of the fort) are strewn with waste car parts, glass, baths, metal barrels, tyres, household waste and all manner of refuse that has accumulated around the perimeter of the fort and been left with no consideration for the safety of the passers by who make use of this public space or for the condition of the site. Plymouth City council should undertake measures to ensure that this site of historic and natural interest is maintained. This may involve negotiating with the site users to ensure the space is well cared for, or organising a clean-up crew on a volunteer basis with permission from the current site users, or using council funds to remove trees and growths on the top of the fort, or something similar. Efford fort is a part of Plymouth's Heritage and is unique in it's design, featuring a number of Haxo Casemates and Garrison block. The fort has been on the "at risk" register for a number of years, and yet as of yet no attempts to resolve the situation have been made apparent to the public. Please Don't let our neglected history fall into ruin, sign this petition. Thanks!
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