Threat to Flag Fen
From PeterboroughNow 16 June 2005
In a clash between ancient history and new technology, fears have been raised that Peterborough's renowned Flag Fen site could be forced to close if a giant waste plant is built.
Each year, more than 20,000 people visit the celebrated site in Fourth Drove, Fengate, which is recognised as one of the most important Bronze Age sites in Europe.
It was discovered by Dr Francis Pryor in 1982 when a piece of timber was spotted sticking out of the peat by archaeologists looking for a Roman road.
Since then, hundreds of relics have been discovered, including Britain's oldest wheel, and Dr Pryor has gone on to find television fame as part of the BBC's Time Team.
Today, the last day for public objections to be lodged, he said he had "serious reservations" about the controversial plans to build the Global Olivine energy-from-waste recycling site, which will cover 29 acres and dwarf Flag Fen.
He said: "The proposal as it currently stands gives me serious worries that it will adversely affect the undisturbed archaeological deposits on the site.
I also have concerns about the visual impact of the scheme and the way this will affect how visitors experience our Flag Fen."
Posted by Jane
16th June 2005ce
Edited 16th June 2005ce