Ancient monument may be reclassified
by Maev Kennedy of The Guardian, Monday 17 May 2004
An attempt will be made today to have a hill reclassified as a building to protect one of the most enigmatic prehistoric structures in Europe.
Ramblers may gain a theoretical entitlement to walk up the sides of Silbury Hill in Wiltshire if the largest manmade mound in Europe is classified as "open countryside" under the countryside and rights of way bill.
The highest profile objectors to the draft maps so far are celebrities including Madonna, anxious to protect their privacy.
The guardians of the 4,700-year-old hill have been trying to persuade people to keep off Silbury since 1974, when it was closed to the public, without destroying its appearance with intrusive fencing. The monument came close to destruction three years ago when torrential winter rain seeped into shafts left by earlier excavation, which collapsed. Although English Heritage has carried out repairs, the whole structure is vulnerable. Continues here...
And the same story here from 'This is Bristol' 17 May 2004
A bizarre row erupted last night over attempts to open up access to Europe's biggest ancient monument under controversial right-to-roam laws. Locals say the Countryside Agency is "totally mad" for marking Silbury Hill as "unimproved chalk grassland" - because it was built entirely by prehistoric man. Continues here... > And the same story here from BBCi, 17 May 2004
A peer has compared an ancient monument to the pyramids in a row over the government's right to roam laws. Lord Avebury says he is "stunned" the Countryside Agency's wants to label Silbury Hill in Wiltshire as "unimproved chalk grassland".
Whole article here
Posted by Jane
17th May 2004ce
Edited 18th May 2004ce