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23 May 2003
Scottish hillfort under threat

Kaimes hillfort, an important defensive site in West Lothian (Scotland), prominent in the local landscape, has already been substantially damaged by quarrying and landfill. Ramparts and house platforms are still visible, though the rock art was taken away to be preserved offsite.
     The Bronze Age hillfort, hut circles and chevaux de fries, which has been ravaged last century (mostly by quarrying between 1960-70) is now to be faced with further indignity. Having suffered 20 years of Edinburgh's festering bin-bags and rubbish, dumped there by the Capital City Council, Kaimes is now to endure 20 more years of sorrows. That is if developers get permission to build an artificial hill immediately alongside this unusual volcanic intrusion and ancient site that lies in pleasant scrub and surrounding hill farms only 11 miles from the next volcanic whinstone intrusion, Edinburgh castle rock.
     WRG, an ex-Hanson company, proposes to build a massive waste processing hall, known in the waste trade
as a "Dirty Murf" immediately alongside. The size of four aircraft hangars this giant factory will tease apart Edinburgh's bin bags and then dump the unwanted bits (about 60%) by creating an artificial hill on the next-door 100 acres farmland site.
     Objections might be addressed to Edinburgh council and the Scottish Parliament in the first instance.

Source: BritArch Malling List (7 May 2003)

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