RE: BADBURY CLUMP – IRON AGE HILL FORT in the middle of OXFORDSHIRE where it is alleged that KING Arthur defeated the Anglo- Saxons in the Battle of Mons Badonicus.
I am writing to ask you for your support in an effort to save Badbury Clump from being ruined by the National Trust. Badbury Clump is a site of natural beauty surrounding an Iron Age fort. I know it well since it’s a ten minute walk from where I live. It is visited by thousands of walkers and ordinary folk who want to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the woods with, in early summer, its wonderful carpet of bluebells. The National Trust, which owns the site, has submitted a planning application to turn Badbury Clump into a designated mountain-biking hub. The proposed cycle paths cut across established walking tracks and paths. And even where they don’t intersect, the sense of walking in peace and quiet and communing with nature will be shattered by being at such close quarters to the high-energy cycling activities.
A local protest group, to which I belong, has tried to persuade the National Trust that their proposal flies in the face of their statutory remit to preserve and enhance the properties in their care. They won’t listen: they want a cycling hub and that’s the end of it. We need as many objections as possible to make the local planning department understand that this proposal is wrong, unpopular and should be refused.
I urge you to send an email to – firstname.lastname@example.org -headed ‘Planning ApplicationP16/V1285/FUL’ – please send from your private email account – Hotmail etc - with the following statement; “I object to the Planning Application P16/V1285/FUL. Then give your name and home address. I wouldn’t normally ask, however would really appreciate as this part of the countryside is extremely important to me. Finally, if by chance you know anyone who you believe would potentially object, I’d totally appreciate you forwarding it on.
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