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Re: The worst kind
Feb 23, 2011, 18:17
Littlestone wrote:
...that it really just shows that aside from people such as ourselves and the bodies that objected to the development, the local authority planners don't care a stuff.

Aye, and this, written nearly 90 years ago, is a reminder of the dire consequences that can result if we let our eye off the ball -

"Perhaps an even more horrible side of the proposal is that a large number of houses are to be built in connection with the scheme just outside the village of Avebury itself. Even Tom Robinson, the leader of the vandals who, in the eighteenth century destroyed so many of the mighty monoliths for the purpose of utilising the stone in the erection of trumpery cottages, could not have treated this greatest monument in Britain, or, for that matter of its kind in the world, with greater disdain and indifference"

Alexander Keiller, writing in a letter dated August 1923, about the proposed erection of a wireless mast on Windmill Hill. More on the Bonds issue here – Building houses within the Avebury WHS.

Unusually for me I watched BBC1's 'Escape To The Country' today and was pleasantly surprised that it was set in the Vale of White Horse. There were some nice bits about Wayland's and the Horse and pertinent to this thread, a lovely four and a half year old house in Drayton that had been built in a traditional manner in appearance showing that it can be done and even had a garage completely covered with overlap boarding. And they even had a pub called The Red Lion!! Well worth a watch from 16 minutes into the programme.
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