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The Market Cross Cheddar with protective barrier

The Market Cross in Cheddar with protective barrier

North Somerset Council has published Historic England’s view of the High Street/A370 junction widening scheme at Congresbury, proposed by Barratts. And it warns that road works in the area could damage the 600 year-old Market Cross – with an implied threat of prosecution.

Historic England has stated: “The scheduled area includes the buried lower steps and a 1m buffer zone around the archaeology.  This places the extent of the scheduled area about 1.5 metres out from the base of the cross.

“Any works to the road in this area may need scheduled monument consent.  If this application is granted we will need to be contacted as any works to improve this junction may require Scheduled Monument Consent. Undertaking works on a scheduled monument without consent can lead to prosecution.”

Chairman of Congresbury Conservation Group Chris Short is delighted with the ruling. “It seems to me that there is no way that the road widening plan proposed by Barratts can proceed without damage to The Cross.

“My feeling is that Congresbury’s Cross should have a protective kerb surrounding the base, as has been done to preserve the Cross at Cheddar.”

The Lydney Cross with protective barrier

The Lydney Cross with protective barrier

Congresbury Residents Action Group (CRAG) also welcomed the news. Said spokesman John Mills: “We have a Congresbury resident to thank for bringing this matter to the notice of Historic England.

 “What we need to do now is make sure the inspector who is chairing the public inquiry into the Barratts scheme, knows of this development. Although the time has passed for formal evidence to be submitted, residents who attend the inquiry are quite free to speak about it.”

John Mills John Mills

Journalist and jazz saxophonist John Mills has lived in Congresbury for more than 25 years, moving to the village from West London with his wife Rocki and 10 month old son, Sam in 1979. After a few years in Clevedon, John and Rocki moved back to the village in 2006, renovating and extending a bungalow in Yew Tree Park. Sadly, Rocki died in 2013. John, 71 keeps busy musically, playing with Cadbury Wind Band, with his son in the Sam Mills Quintet, and with a newly formed duo, Sax in the City with fellow Congresbury saxophonist and vocalist, Louise Harris.

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  1. Hooray for the Congresbury Cross! How do we get a protective barrier put around it?

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