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Folly Arch - cracks appear to have widened
Concern is growing over the deteriorating condition of Folly Arch the historic landmark on the southern edge of Brookmans Park.
Work was due to begin in September 1999 after a large crack was spotted in the structure.
Over recent months the crack under the arch has widened and a number of other, smaller cracks, have appeared despite the addition of steel girders to try to hold the structure together.
North Mymms Green Belt societys Bob Horrocks says he will be writing again to English Heritage urging them to push ahead with plans to renovate the Grade II listed structure and drawing their attention to the latest pictures of the damage.
Bob Horrocks says trees might have damaged the foundations making it difficult for the construction to be made safe. The recent wet weather may not have helped.
There has been a steady stream of letters back and forth between the North Mymms Green Belt Society, the local authority and English Heritage about what needs to be done.
The Green Belt Society even took legal action to try to find out how the historic building could be saved.
Following the latest exchange of letters it was suggested that work to repair the structure would begin this month, November 2000, however poor weather has cast fresh doubt on that.
Note: All image heavily compressed for download and taken with a digital camera on loan from Fujifilm
November 12, 2000
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