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Fenland District Council to relax archaeological planning regulations
I admit that my knowledge base of Archaeology is limited to the Time Team and the Discovery channel but even I can accept the importance of this subject, not just in historical value but in modern day practice such as forensics.

Just another thought and not trying to make personal insults. I seem to remember reading somewhere that Alan Melton had a bad experience whilst working as a brickie, could be he contracted an allergic reaction to trowels, if not, maybe he could get one out the shed and muck in, who knows he may even learn something.
I think if we could get Alan Melton out there on a site and seeing what it takes, and what it means to the public, then he may see the worth - and how it is worth fighting for!

You will see that I have steered away from insults, and am trying to remain in a polite dialogue.

Mike Heyworth also kept clear of some easy body blows and that is what is better than a traded insult. Stay calm, and produce a reasonable argument, backed up by real facts. the rest speaks for itself.

Good to see more people comments. and welcome to BAJR :face-approve: This perhaps shows that archaeology is a broad church and always should be.

Archaeology Matters.... loveHERITAGE!

'Ware Private Eye!!

Rotten Borough can sometimes be a double edged sword.

Welcome to the non archaeological posters and any lurkers. :face-approve: It's great to share the debate and know that Cllr Melton is not representative of a broader view...

And sorry, but I had to give up bunny hugging as my lurcher usually ate them...}Smile
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, Merlot in one hand, Cigar in the other; body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming "WOO HOO, what a ride!
Just sent the story to Private Eye, but glad they already have it. Looking forward to reading about the downfall in the next issue. However he must be congratulated on uniting all archaeology/heritage industry people against him. Maybe it was an attempt by the big Pickles to sound out the feeling on ammending the law on archaeological investigation. If so, we must show how strong we are. I have written to Avaas petitions asking for their support, although I suspect they have bigger fish to fry. We shall see.Big Grin
4 inch archaeologist\'s pointing troll- the next big thing for small find management
Andrew Tizzard has just had this reply.

Quote:Dear Andrew,

We’ve contacted the relevant bodies in Parliament and are awaiting briefing documents on the upcoming Localism bill, to which Mr Melton was alluding during his speech. I also met Mr Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for the DCLG, who said that Mr Melton’s comments were unfounded and seems to have become rather annoyed by the matter, please note the nature of this meeting was informal and does not amount to an official statement on the matter. I will update you as soon as I know more.

Kindest Regards,
Daniel Kelly | Parliamentary Intern | Office of Rt Hon Don Foster MP | Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Bath |

Interesting... isolation and sacrificial

Watch this space.

Thanks to everyone who is doing something about this. So don't forget to get people to sign this petition.

2/3rds of the way there... A final push!

Keep up as well on the Facebook page.
The Times (today) has a letter on p.30.
Been given this draft national planning policy framework to look at, which may be of interest.

Also heard that this story may be appearing in private eye.
If the Draft NPPF framework comes into being in the format that Jack has posted, I thingk I could live with it. It seems to take the sting out of the Melton's of this world....and enshrine some of the principles of PPS5 regarding HERs etc....
With peace and consolation hath dismist, And calm of mind all passion spent...
current archaeology is on side
If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers
A response from Rt Hon Don Foster MP to an e-mail from one of the FB members regarding Cllr Melton's remarks.
A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

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