Councils expected to follow archaeology guidelines despite Fenland leader’s comments

FOLLOWING the rather silly comments made by Councillor Alan Melton relating to archaeological surveys I wrote a letter to the Secretary of State for Communities complaining about his attitude.

I have since received a reply from a Phil Weatherby - Planning Development Management. National planning policy PPS5 (Planning for the historic environment) covers archaeological interests and all local authorities are expected to follow this planning principle.

I am also aware that Cllr Melton has made a statement which I have a copy of. I believe, like a lot of people, that the statement was not done entirely by him.

But it does mean that the council will or should continue to protect its archaeological heritage.

ROBERT HARVEY

Nene Parade

March

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