Parish Councillors Criticise NT Management of Avebury
from This is Devizes Gazette and Herald
PARISH councillors in Avebury have criticised the National Trust for the "disgraceful" condition of their village, a World Heritage Site.
They agreed to write to the National Trust's director general Fiona Reynolds to seek her help in getting the village spruced up for the hundreds of thousands of tourists who visit annually.
Much of Avebury and its world famous stone circles comes under the control of the National Trust, which parish councillors say is not doing enough to keep the place tidy.
Clerk Gretchen Rawlins, who is the village's Kennet district councillor, went as far as to say: "Avebury is looking disgraceful from end to end."
Chairman Jenny Baldrey said: "On the bulges at the top of the High Street the grass is as high as an elephant's eye.
"When you live is a World Heritage Site this is quite appalling."
Coun Baldrey said one resident could hardly see out of her cottage windows because of the long grass.
Coun Peter Latimer-Kerr said there was a lot of National Trust ground in the village where grass had not been cut.
He said: "The trouble is long grass encourages people to throw their rubbish into it."
Coun Bruce Hinder said that as talks with local National Trust managers achieved little, the council should write to the trust's "top brass."
The council agreed to write to the director general to seek her help in getting the village spruced up.
Posted by Rhiannon
27th June 2003ce
Edited 2nd December 2003ce