We appeal to the Planning Inspectorate to safeguard our national heritage by upholding the decision of Sheffield City Council to refuse planning permission to build on the line of an ancient monument known as 'The Roman Ridge'. Planning Inspectorate Reference: APP/J4423/A/12/2180681/NWF.
This 27km ancient earthwork, not yet fully understood or dated, runs along the side of the Scheduled Iron Age Hill Fort at Wincobank. As a Celtic defensive frontier against both the early Roman invaders and the later Saxons, it has the same historic value as Hadrian‘s Wall and Offa’s Dyke. It is a monument of local and national significance.
The remaining sections are either destroyed, Scheduled or under council protection and this land should be protected too. We ask you to ensure that this well used section of land (just below the hill fort), already designated as open space, be left fully accessible for further archaeological investigation and for the benefit, education and enlightenment of future generations.
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