Colchester Roman circus discussed in parliament

Speaking in the House of Commons during Culture Questions on Monday, Mr Russell said: “In November 2004, the most exciting archaeological discovery for decades occurred – the discovery of the only Roman chariot racing stadium in Britain.

“The setting of the Roman Circus is now threatened with residential development.

Read the rest (East Anglian Daily Times)

From Hansard:

T2.[212534] Bob Russell (Colchester) (LD): In November 2004, the most exciting archaeological discovery for decades occurred: the discovery of the only Roman chariot-racing stadium in Britain. The setting of the Roman circus is now threatened with residential development. Will the relevant Minister come to Colchester with officials and representatives of English Heritage? This is a matter of national and international importance, and more than just a matter for a local authority to determine.

The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Margaret Hodge): I am always interested in issues of national importance. I suggest that the hon. Gentleman write to me with the details so that I can consider this matter properly. If it requires me to visit his constituency, of course I shall be happy to do so.

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