Hereford & Worcester

Hereford's city walls repairs move a step closer

Hereford's city walls
Image caption Part of the walls in Hereford date back to before the Norman Conquest

Consultation has ended on plans to conserve Hereford's city walls.

For the last two years an archaeologist from Herefordshire Council has been studying the city walls and preparing a plan for their future.

The city walls are a Scheduled Ancient Monument and have appeared on the English Heritage "at risk" register for a number of years.

English Heritage funded the study which plans to address issues on the physical condition of the walls.

It also looks at their maintenance, the need for improved public access and the use of the walls as an historic asset.

Herefordshire Council has recommended a programme of urgent repairs to some sections of the walls, providing better public access and the creation of a signage scheme for interpreting the walls in addition to a self-guided city walls walk.

Peter Yates, planning policy manager for Herefordshire Council, said: "The walls formed part of the city's defences and are generally regarded as being of national significance because they incorporate rare and extremely well preserved defences dating back to before the Norman Conquest.

"The walls also have a role to play in increasing annual visitor numbers which will, in turn, boost the city's economy."

If approved some of the work could start this year.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites