Otterpool Park Update: Archaeology and a conflict of interests.
The outline planning application for Otterpool Park is “very likely” to be put forward in January 2019, according to a senior Council officer.
Meanwhile on the 15th Oct at the Quaker’s meeting room in Ashford, Kate Clover the Archaeological representative of Arcadis, who are working for the promoters, Cozumel Estates Ltd and Folkestone & Hythe District Council gave a detailed talk on all the archaeology found to date within the Otterpool Park Site.
Ms Clover made it clear that the Roman Villa site found would NOT be built on and would remain as open space. In her talk Ms Glover spelt out that within the Otterpool Park boundary, Neolithic, Roman and Mediaeval artefacts had been discovered.
All in all the archaeologists have dug 300 trial trenches and undertaken Geophysical surveys over 300 hectares. Otterpool Park covers 765 hectares.
And of course we know in a number of these trenches Roman artefacts and building were discovered. The archaeologists discovered the underground heating system used by the Roman’s at the Villa they discovered.
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