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Oct 10, 2022Liked by Dan Hayes

Regarding the remains of the castle. A recent phase of archaeological borehole survey has recently completed at the site with the aim of further identifying the remains of the castle. Extensive industrial development over the castle site, in addition to the foundations of multiple phases of markets, mean that a detailed picture of earlier ground levels (and impacts) is required to target archaeological work. Future work will most likely comprise a mixed strategy aimed at recording remains where they would be lost by development or where there are good research questions that could be investigated; and identification of areas where remains can be preserved unexcavated. Archaeology is often compared to a non-renewable resource in that once you have dug it out you have also destroyed it. So it is best practice to leave remains undisturbed for future generations who may have other questions to ask, and new technologies to investigate it.

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It isn't levelling up if the Outdoor City is going to concrete over the most important outdoor space in its history, that could be a major visitor attraction. We the opportunity to create a new festival space in the city centre where we can celebrate and commemorate everything the city has been involved with in some level over the last thousand years. From the Norman Conquest, to Mary Queen of Scots, the English Civil War and siege of Sheffield, the origins of circus, diversity, those who've lost their lives at sea. Plus the opportunity to create a better, specially designed space for open air markets, big tops, music stages etc. A greenspace here would allow for more rainwater to soak into the ground and reduce the risk of flooding around the site and downstream. Bristol uncovered its castle following the blitz, and created a truly special place in the process. We had the opportunity to create our castle park in the postwar years and threw it away. Here we are with a second chance to create something better and we're scrounging from the government to 'level up' by bringing developers in to cut up this land and make the pockets of rich people who can afford flats, shops, office space etc even richer.

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