Future of the Antonine Wall is in safe hands

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.

MEMBERS of the public are being given the chance to shape the future of the Antonine Wall World Heritage Site.

The wall, which runs through Bearsden, became part of the ‘Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site’ in 2008, along with Hadrian’s Wall and the German Limes.

Since then a group of partners, including Historic Scotland, East Dunbartonshire Council, Falkirk Council, Glasgow City Council, North Lanarkshire Council, and West Dunbartonshire Council, have been working jointly to deliver projects and strategies to protect and promote the Antonine Wall in their local areas.

Five public consultation workshops were held recently to give people the opportunity to suggest what they’d like to see included in the next five year management plan for the wall.

Patricia Weeks, Historic Scotland’s Antonine Wall World Heritage Site co-ordinator, said: “The purpose of the public workshops was to gather views from local residents, community councils and special interests groups, and to find out what actions might benefit them the most over the next five years.

“The physical scale of the Antonine Wall, which runs across the whole of central Scotland, means that many groups and individuals may wish to be involved in the preparation of this management plan.

“Bearsden is a site of specific interest with the remains of the Roman baths there.

“Some issues that came out of the workshops included using sites such as this for educational visits for schoolchildren.

“Other suggestions included a new visitor centre somewhere along the route of the wall to inform people about its history.

“People also said they’d like to see a better interpretation of sites with more signs and information panels. We will now consult more widely on a series of proposed issues, aims and objectives.”

A draft management plan will now be drawn up for elected council members and senior staff to examine, with the aim of publishing a formal plan in March/April 2013.

Historic Scotland hopes to be able to adopt a final management plan in August next year.

Anyone who missed the public consultation workshops will be able to send in a written comment in March/April next year when a formal strategic environmental assessment is published.