Last chance to have say on Antonine Wall plan

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.

Time is running out to take part in a public consultation on a five-year plan for the historic Antonine Wall, led by Historic Scotland.

The public are urged to have their say before June 28, when the 12-week-long consultation draws to a close.

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.

Last week, Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs celebrated the work of the Roman re-enactment group The Antonine Guard at an event at the Scottish Parliament.

The group gave a talk and screened a film about the Bridgeness Slab project in Bo’ness which saw the creation of a full-size replica of the legionary tablet commemorating the construction of the easternmost section of the Wall.

Ms Hyslop said: “The Antonine Guard work tirelessly to promote and celebrate Scotland’s Roman heritage.

“As the consultation on the five-year management plan reaches an end, their input and that of the communities along the Wall is invaluable. There is still time to take part in the consultation and I would encourage anyone interested in the future of this World Heritage Site to do so.

“Input from stakeholders will play a big role in shaping the management of the Wall over the next five years.”

The management plan, to be implemented for 2014-19, is intended for adoption by the end of 2013.

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.

The plan was drawn up following a series of stakeholder workshops and public sessions at the end of last year.

Since its inscription as a WHS, significant progress has been made to protect and promote the Wall.

The next five year plan aims to build on that and continue the momentum that has been created.

The draft plan can be viewed and downloaded at www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/antonineconsultation and 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.