Blueprint aims to protect future of Iron Age hill fort
From an article by Joanne Ginley in Yorkshire Post Today:
A conservation blueprint to safeguard the future of Huddersfield's historic Castle Hill site, regarded as one of Yorkshire's most important early Iron Age hill forts, is set to be approved.
Castle Hill, which can be seen for miles around, is a scheduled ancient monument and has been settled for at least 4,000 years. Experts regard it as one of West Yorkshire's most significant archaeological sites.
The site, at Almondbury, was recently mired in controversy after a developer part-built a hotel which did not match plans approved by Kirklees Council.
The council took the developer to court and the hotel has since been demolished.
Now a draft conservation management plan has been produced by Leeds-based consultancy Atkins Heritage, which councillors are set to back tomorrow. If approved by a Kirklees Council cabinet committee it will eventually guide the future use and development of the site and ensure that guidelines are in place to shape its conservation and any new development.
Councillors will also be asked to back measures to address decay. These include resurfacing the car park, new off-site parking, improving footpaths, repairing erosion and damaged areas and creating a picnic area.
If members back the measures, council officers will draw up detailed proposals and costings.
It is proposed that the work would take place over the next two years.
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Posted by daveyravey
29th March 2006ce
Edited 29th March 2006ce