Newly-discovered historic road NOT to be featured in new Altrincham Market plans (From Messenger Newspapers)
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Newly-discovered historic road NOT to be featured in new Altrincham Market plans
ALTRINCHAM heritage enthusiasts were left disappointed after the council confirmed it will not be featuring a historic road in its plans for Altrincham Market.
The roadway, which is thought to be around 120-years-old, was discovered by contractors working on the new lower marketplace last week.
Altrincham heritage groups and many residents were keen to preserve what is thought to be a 19th Century wagon-way, as was exemplified by comments left on Messenger’s website story.
Cllr Matt Colledge, chair of Altrincham Forward and leader of Trafford Council, said: “We have considered at length the possibility of including the wagon-way as a feature of the new scheme, but unfortunately this isn’t practical, as it would limit the proposed use of the space.
“Following advice from Greater Manchester Archaeological Advisory Service (GMAAS), we are making arrangements for this archaeological find to be recorded, with a detailed photographic survey, and are exploring options for locating the route of the path in the new, high quality surface.
“We are eager to keep momentum on delivering the new market areas, to ensure the new market operator has the best facilities from which to deliver our vision for Altrincham to become a modern market town.”
Sue Nichols, project coordinator of the Heritage of the Altrincham Area, said: “This newly discovered heritage is just seen as an inconvenience, rather than something unique for people to enjoy and celebrate, making the most of it by featuring it carefully in the new scheme.
“Where there's a will - there's a way. It would be a real shame if these slabs, setts and floor bricks having lain there for over 120 years - were revealed for a week, only to be destroyed.”
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