Couldn't agree more George, (with the spirit of your message, that is)
Who cares what astronomical constellation Thornborough and its surroundings
may represent, Britannia rules the gravel. Right?
At 11:04 AM 7/30/2008 +0100, George Chaplin wrote:
>[mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Mark Horton
>Sent: 30 July 2008 09:05
>"I thought it was a rather good description of the site, now the
>tunnel has been cancelled, so that millions of tourists dont need to
>visit the site at all, but can view the rockery at 70 mph, as they
>zoom by. It is the Stonehenge that we deserve, and the comment was of
>course quite deliberate!! At least the managers of Giza and Petra
>dont have a major trunk road running through their world heritage sites."
>Now come on Mark, I really must take exception to that last comment, we have
>already shown both at Thornborough and at Tara that these ancient sites are
>nothing but a number of unrelated structures that just happen to be in close
>proximity. The land in between cannot be regarded as part of a "site" and
>therefore we should be using it for roads, quarry's, landfill, anything
>It's taken me a great deal of time to learn this important lesson,
>thankfully I was able to stop making a fool of myself by claiming
>Thornborough Henges to be a complex and now we can look forward to finally
>being able to properly use the land that has sat there wasted for 5,000
>years as we mistakenly thought that the settlement for Thornborough Henges
>had some form of importance.
>Thankfully, English Heritage have also put me right on the concept of
>setting. I now realise that this is purely a piece of land wide enough to
>hold a fence or maybe a quarry bund.
>There's a quarry application for Thornborough going to be heard on August
>26th. Tarmac Northern Ltd wish to quarry the site of one of those rubbish
>old Neolithic Camps, I think this has been claimed as the largest so far
>discovered and I know that there's a bunch of nimby's trying to stop it
>being quarried. So I'd like to encourage list members to write to our
>council explaining that this site is an important resource for gravel, that
>whilst there's plenty of gravel elsewhere, this gravel is special and must
>be quarried now, and that the nimby's clearly do not understand the nature
>of Britain's heritage, the meaning of nationally importanct, and have been
>completely misleading people as to the meaning of setting in that context.
>If you have trouble with the wording, please get in touch with English
>Heritage, they will be able to tell you exactly why it is so important that
>we do not let this important quarry site to get away.
>Please consider performing this action. So far this aplication has been
>delayed for years by these mis-informed people, it is wasting significant
>amounts of money that could have been spent extracting gravel and fully
>preserving these important features by partial record.
>I cannot emphasise how important this application is, if it gets defeated,
>then it will be all the more difficult to quarry the rest of Thornborough
>Moor which I am sure you understand, contain's vitally important gravel
>essential for our road building programme.
>Cleary, if these remains were Egytpian that would be far more interesting
>and important, and I think the coincidence that they are the same age if not
>older has mislead local people into thinking they are important. Obviously,
>they do not understand the true nature of Britain's rubbish ancient