Tapping in to Roman heritage to boost local economy

Antonine Wall ruins
Antonine Wall ruins

Ambitious plans have been unveiled to tap in to East Dunbartonshire’s Roman heritage in a bid to boost the 
local economy.

Businesses are being urged to help build on the popularity of the Antonine Wall and complete an online survey as part of efforts to maximise the pulling power of what was the northern most frontier barrier of the Roman Empire.

The wall runs through five local authority areas – East and West Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire, Glasgow City and Falkirk.

East Dunbartonshire Council and its fellow authorities – together with Historic Scotland – manage and promote the wall and have commissioned the survey as part of a wider economic impact assessment. It’s hoped the business survey will help to identify the historic wall’s current and future potential.

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of development and regeneration at EDC, said: “East Dunbartonshire has a rich and fascinating past, including strong links to the Roman Empire in Bearsden, Kirkintilloch, Twechar and Bishopbriggs. The council is committed to looking at ways of exploring and maximising the heritage and history of East Dunbartonshire – raising awareness and supporting the local economy.

“Tourism, leisure and culture are key drivers for the economy of East Dunbartonshire and we have been working with colleagues at the leisure and culture trust, and a range of partners in the public and private sector, to encourage people from near and far to enjoy the history of the area.”

Scott Hill, chairman of East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust, said: “I would encourage local businesses and social enterprises to help identify inspirational new ways of tapping into the history of the Antonine Wall.”

If you are a business or social enterprise and would like to take part in the survey, visit the website at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/Antonine_Wall