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Boost bid for Burgh Castle fort

PUBLISHED: 14:31 02 October 2008 | UPDATED: 11:55 03 July 2010

A REVISED scheme has been put forward to improve visitor facilities at the Roman Fort in Burgh Castle.

It is hoped that a car park, new pathways and information boards will boost the number of visitors to the fort, one of the best preserved in the country.

A REVISED scheme has been put forward to improve visitor facilities at the Roman Fort in Burgh Castle.

It is hoped that a car park, new pathways and information boards will boost the number of visitors to the fort, one of the best preserved in the country.

Images and the history of late third century monument would feature on two display areas at the site that is currently reached from a footpath off Church Road.

Parking for 29 cars, three coaches and cycles would be accessed from Butt Lane if the plans get the go-ahead.

New pathways are intended to it easier for wheelchair users to get to the fort that stands at an idyllic location overlooking Breydon Marshes.

The proposal has the support of the parish council with a final decision due to be made by the Broads Authority.

A previous, more expensive plan, for a longer access road to a car park next to the parish church fell foul of funding difficulties.

Norfolk Archaeological Trust has owned the 90 acre site, that includes woodland and reed beds, since 1995, but the remains are looked after by English Heritage.

Trust director Peter Wade-Martins said: “The fort is remarkably well preserved, but access is very poor and we have been trying for a long time to improve it.

“We would like the site to provide a more accessible, enjoyable and understandable experience for visitors.”

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