Dark forces in Shropshire are conspiring to ruin one of the UK’s greatest hillforts. Plans are afoot to encroach on Old Oswestry ironage hillfort with acres of new housing. It’s shocking that plans should be this far advanced, but unhappily only the latest evidence of the destruction being unleashed on urban and rural heritage alike through the weaselly connivance of unscrupulous developers and breath-takingly ineffectual local politicians.
Fortunately, the imminent threat of damage to this unique site has galvanised local opposition determined to preserve what is left of one of Oswestry’s few remaining heritage assets. I’m encouraging anyone interested in history, culture, heritage or archaeology who reads this blog to sign the petition and help stop the proposed development. I’ve helped design the campaign’s logo (left) for Hands Off Old Oswestry Hillfort, and others are out there spreading the word. Let’s hope Shropshire Council listens.