A PUBLIC consultation into the future of the Antonine Wall is now underway.
Historic Scotland is holding a 12-week public research exercise in the five local authority areas through which the wall runs, inviting people to comment on plans which were drawn up at the end of 2012. The 60-kilometre Antonine Wall became a World Heritage Site in 2008.
Patricia Weeks, the Antonine Wall World Heritage Site Co-ordinator said: “We had some excellent workshops late last year which helped inform the draft plan. We are now seeking a thorough and constructive debate on the document to ensure the communities along the Wall can play their part in shaping the final plan which will be launched later this year.
“The five year plan is a commitment to UNESCO as part of World Heritage Status and it will act as the joint strategy for all the main partners involved in the management, protection and promotion of the Wall. Therefore, we are very keen for as many people in the North Lanarkshire area to comment on the plan and provide feedback and suggestions so it reflects what the communities expect over the coming five years.”
James Coyle, North Lanarkshire Council’s planning convener, added: “With its status of a World Heritage Site, the Antonine Wall is a unique feature which attracts many visitors, including people from North Lanarkshire who enjoy the spectacular walks along its length. It is important to ensure it is managed properly to protect it for future generations. We want everyone with an interest to give their views on best to do this, and I would encourage people in North Lanarkshire to take part in this important consultation.”
To view the full five-year plan visit www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/antonineconsultation. Comments can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to Patricia Weeks, Historic Scotland, Longmore House, Salisbury Place, Edinburgh EH9 1SH and the consultation closes June 28.