Grantham Journal letters: Don’t ignore vital historical sites
In the Journal we were told that there are plans to progress with the development of the Southern Quadrant Relief road in August once objections have been overcome and hedgerows cleared.
If so, it appears that LCC is now prepared to push ahead with the relief road before the latest findings from archaeological surveys over the winter of 2017/2018 near the bridge footings and elsewhere have been made public, and open to independent scrutiny. It is concerning that a recent contact with Historic England, who are responsible for the protection of our national heritage, were unaware of the archaeological finds at Saltersford resulting from the Relief Road and Spitalgate Heath development applications.
Nor were they aware of the findings of William Stukeley, a historian and friend of Sir Isaac Newton, and our local Victorian historian Henry Preston, who worked at the waterworks site and was founder of the Grantham Museum. Henry collected a significant number of Roman artefacts, including enamel brooches and coinage found on site from every emperor during the four hundred year Roman occupation of Britain which lasted from 43AD to 410AD.
We have a fabulous opportunity for Grantham to attract visitors, especially international tourists from London who have considerable spending power. They would be able to view the birthplace of Margaret Thatcher, the school of Sir Isaac Newton, a Roman museum with archaeological site and the Little Ponton Bronze Age Barrow all in a day trip on the train.
Even if we go ahead with the development, it is a massive opportunity lost not to return the artefacts found at the Saltersford site, currently in Lincoln, and house them locally in Grantham where, with a little investment, they could be put on display in our town centre.
Coun Charmaine Morgan