The Journal Opinion: Fears over the future of County Durham Roman fort must be allayed

The Journal's opinion column for Saturday, August 30, in which we analyse the row over the future of Binchester Roman Fort

Excavations at Binchester Fort near Bishop Auckland
Excavations at Binchester Fort near Bishop Auckland

It’s hard to believe that the region’s best-preserved Roman site could be ruined by development.

That certainly seems to be the fear of the Auckland Castle Trust as they analyse plans by the Church Commissioners for the sale of plots of land at Binchester Roman Town.

The trust acknowledges that the settlement itself could not be developed – but says the sale could hamper archaeologists’ work and public access.

The Commissioners were at pains to point out that such fears were groundless. However, they have not convinced the trust and very clearly will have their work cut out in doing so.

This looks like an issue that everyone, and especially Durham County Council, should keep their eye on.


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer