ADDITIONAL TO MY SUBMISSION OF 049413 To Rhodri Kelly
I have read the letter from you to John
Your letter appears to be grounded in
opinions not facts.
I cannot understand the reasons for
demolition, it is now being justified on the grounds of “Health and
Safety”, Not present when listed.
All culverts in the UK are being
modified with the addition of grills to fit modern requirements, not
being removed completely
The person who agreed the demolition
was not told that it was part of a listed structure by the NT
I cannot comprehend the superficial
knowledge expressed of the structure the function and historic
importance of the complete structure
Structure cannot be detached from
Part of the written listing the
culvert is essential to the functioning of the listed structure
Stones were kept out sand which entered
at high water is easily washed out on a falling tide by the water
The design of the chamber as an ogive
follows traditional self flushing design for culverts and sewers.
WJ Jukes and myself are in our late
seventies I accompanied my uncle in the early war years in his
capacity of War Ag for Pembrokeshire,and walked the entire system in
the early 1940s
We went to Freshwater West during the
war (Which I remind you finished in 1945) most Sundays after lunch
and the family (8)walked on the beach accessed by a path through the
minefield alongside the chamber you have my drawings of the
structure as it was then, a map of 1903, I can supply family
Section 1(5)also photographs from the
thirties and seventies showing that the structure as listed was then
complete as originally built,and on 291105..
None of the people whose facts you take
were present at these times we have many witnesses who will testify
that the structure was complete but had not been maintained for only
years before demolition the NT did not carry out their duty of
maintaining a listed structure in their care until demolition in 2008
CADW has no record of alterations to a
listed structure after 1970, updated 08121995.
The plan does not relate to the written
listing which includes the culvert on the map.
The lbc the “authority” are
completely ignoring the 1903 map which is the same as the structure
before demolition as on the listing plan,which completely contradicts
their statement that “being mostly replaced after 1948”
(photographs on loveitorloseit.info)
lbc “unmortared” limestone blocks
(up to 4/3ft/18”) see photographs and drawings which show the the
blocks were fixed with lime mortar
that the blocks holding the hoops were
That these and limestone blocks were
laid on lime mortar aggregate and fastened together by iron clamps
set in lead giving .a fixed bed to the culvert
The iron hoops were of wrought iron not
cast iron or postwar steel and set in lead..
The structure as built carried out its
function of drainage through a storm beach for over two hundred years
060413 the water level on the grazing
land and the SSSI is raised and has changed it from “ a calcareous
water meadow” “with rare plants”the reason for designation into
an anoxic poached unusable morass of no benefit to migratory water
birds and of nesting sites for rare species of birds.
The historic value to Wales
Built in 1790 a pioneering structure to
allow unobstructed water flow through a pebble bank, for the purpose
of improving the land for agricultural purposes.
The demolition is raising water levels
and the increased high level flow is undermining the the foundations
at the NE corner of the listed bridge.
PCC are carrying out repairs to the
listed bridge as soon as the frost has gone with lime mortar and
There appears to be no date on the plan
sent by Cadw, it appears to be drawn by a technique and technology
not present in 1970,refer to Detail Report dated 310113 last date
Replacing the culvert will enable NT to
conform to their legal duties under.
Ian Campbell Rutger The Green Pembroke
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