|11 September 1999
Development threatens English prehistoric sites
Planning permissions granted nearly half a century ago will allow the obliteration of a large part of south-west Dartmoor (England) to make way for a "super-quarry" and huge waste tips. The landscape under threat includes several archaeological monuments. Amongst them are a stone circle, three stone rows, several cairn cemeteries, prehistoric round houses, enclosures and field systems.
Much of the ground has yet to be systematically surveyed and it is likely that the monuments currently recorded represent only a fraction of the existing archaeological remains.
The quarrying companies will go ahead unless concerned individuals act now by encouraging government agencies to intervene and forcing modification of the plans under Review of Old Mineral Permissions.
Here are some ways you can help:
* Tell as many people as you can. Copy and email this message to people who may be interested in helping the campaign. Put the word out on mailing lists and internet sites.
* Write to: Rt. Hon. John Prescott, Secretary of State for the Environment, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, Eland House, Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5DU, England
* Join/send a donation to the Dartmoor Preservation Association, China Clay Campaign, Old Duchy hotel, FREEPOST (PY687), Yelverton, PL20 6ZZ, England
Sources: Britarch Mailing List (18 August 99), Stones Mailing List, Andy Burnham (8 September 99)
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