Offa’s Dyke damage: Rescue react

Rescue have been appalled to learn that North Wales Police have concluded that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute after a significant proportion of Offa’s Dyke was bulldozed in August 2013, between Chirk and Llangollen.

Damage to 1200 year old earthwork, Offa’s Dyke in 2013. Copyright BBC/Mark WIlliams

Taking a broader perspective on the destruction of this earthwork, Rescue notes that, in a recent addition to the Welsh  Heritage Bill consultation, the following statement was made by Cadw;

“Between 2006 and 2012, Cadw received reports of 119 cases of unlawful damage  to scheduled ancient monuments in Wales. However, there has been only one  successful prosecution under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act  1979 in the last 25 years.”

These are shocking statistics which RESCUE calculates equate to 17 reported cases of  damage per year. We believe these figures are testament to the abject failure of  the relevant bodies when it comes to protecting our heritage sites.

Our letters to Cadw and North Wales Police are below.

In a separate matter, Rescue have written to Shorpshire Council to object to  a planning application for the erection of 12 houses, North Of Whitridge Way, Trefonen which we believe would constitute an unacceptable direct impact on significant Heritage Assets associated with the dyke. You can read our letter here.

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