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Last Updated:  Thursday, 13 March, 2003, 18:19 GMT
Views sought on Roman centre
Roman soldiers
Caistor in Roman times was a regional centre
The public are being asked for their views on the future of the site of the historic Roman centre of East Anglia.

The once-bustling regional centre, Caistor Roman Town, is now relatively unknown and classed by many as one of Norfolk's forgotten treasures.

But this could change after a public consultation process which was started by South Norfolk Council on Thursday.

In the 1930s excavations in Caistor discovered a town wall, an amphitheatre, a Roman house, streets, temples and baths.

The Roman site at Caistor and the surrounding area are owned by Norfolk Archaeological Trust and supported through partnership with South Norfolk Council and other public bodies.

Now members of the public are being asked to fill in a questionnaire about if - and how - they would like to see the site improved in the future.

Following a feasibility study of the site, there are now four options for the future being put forward. They are:

  • Do nothing new

    This would mean conserving the existing Roman walls, retaining the present car park and keeping the information panels, leaflets and guidebook.

  • Minimal Scheme

    As above but with a small information building with toilets, disabled access and enhanced site panels.

  • Midi Scheme

    As above but with better on-site facilities and possible guided tours. A new access road to alleviate traffic flow would be considered if necessary.

  • Major scheme

    As above but with a new Visitor's Centre with exhibitions, possibly a museum, an education room and even a restaurant. There would be better facilities, relocated parking and greater opportunities for archaeological research.

    People have until the middle of April to fill in the questionnaires.

    Mike Bentley, the countryside and heritage officer at South Norfolk Council, said: "This consultation represents a genuine opportunity for the people of South Norfolk to have a say about a future for their heritage."


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