Have your say on the future of the Antonine Wall

New Kilpatrick Cemetery Exposed part of the Antonine Wall Foundations.'Photo by Paul Mc Sherry 3rd dec 2012.
New Kilpatrick Cemetery Exposed part of the Antonine Wall Foundations.'Photo by Paul Mc Sherry 3rd dec 2012.

A 12-week consultation on the future of the Antonine Wall World Heritage Site is being led by Historic Scotland.

Plans have been drawn up after a series of workshops and public meetings held at the end of last year, which set out the key objectives for its conservation and promotion.

The 60-kilometre Antonine Wall, which runs through Bearsden, became a World Heritage Site in 2008, joining the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site, Hadrian’s Wall and the German Limes.

Over the past five years, management plan partners - Historic Scotland, East Dunbartonshire Council, Falkirk Council, Glasgow City Council, North Lanarkshire Council, and West Dunbartonshire Council - have been working together to deliver projects and strategies to ensure the social, cultural and economic potential of the Antonine Wall is maximised.

Leader of East Dunbartonshire Council, Rhondda Geekie, said: “We are fortunate the Antonine Wall spans the geography of East Dunbartonshire, linking many of our towns and villages.

“This consultation is an opportunity for residents, businesses and agencies to share their views and contribute to the future development of this important historical resource.”

Antonine Wall World Heritage Site Co-ordinator Patricia Weeks said: “The plan is a commitment to UNESCO as part of world heritage status and it will act as the joint strategy for all the main partners involved in the management, protection and promotion of the wall.

“We are very keen for as many people in the East Dunbartonshire area to comment on the plan and provide feedback and suggestions so it reflects what the communities expect over the coming five years.”

The draft plan can be viewed and downloaded at www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/antonineconsultation. Comments can be submitted via hs.awconsultations@scotland.gsi.gov.uk or by post to Patricia Weeks, Historic Scotland, Longmore House, Salisbury Place, Edinburgh EH9 1SH.

The public consultation will close on June 28 this year.

Sections of the Antonine Wall are visible at New Kilpatrick Cemetery in Bearsden and in the grounds of Dobbie’s Garden Centre.

Bearsden also boasts the famous remains of the Roman bathouse, on Roman Road, which was asssociated with the wall.