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Folly Arch repairs expected soon

A new crack has appeared in Folly Arch

Folly Arch showing structural cracks.
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Work on repairing Folly Arch could start in the near future.

According to the North Mymms Green Belt Society, English Heritage has informed the group that it has made an offer of a grant to the owners for the cost of the work needed to restore the listed building.

The NMGB says that it understands work is expected to start; "as soon as the weather improves."

If it does it will come almost 18 months after the first signs of deterioration in the structure were reported on this site.

Despite letters from the NMGBS and visits by the local authority and representatives from English Heritage, the cracks were allowed to get worse and girders were inserted to try to prevent further cracking.

Remedial work was due to begin in September 1999 but that didn't happen and late last year, when new cracks were spotted, English Heritage was approached again to take urgent action.

The North Mymms Green Belt Society also took legal advice on how the Grade II listed building could be saved.

Bob Horrocks, honorary secretary of the society, wrote several letters English Heritage and Welwyn Hatfield Council to try to get some action.

You can read all the latest news about planning applications, objections and other green belt issues on the society's news page. This page is well worth bookmarking and returning to for regular updates.

March 10, 2001

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More about Folly Arch on this site
History of Gobions EstateChapter One
History of Gobions Estate – Chapter Four
A Modern History of Brookmans Park - Chapter Two
A Modern History of Brookmans Park - Chapter Four
A Modern History of Brookmans Park - Chapter Five
A Modern History of Brookmans Park – Photographs
North Mymms - Parish and People - Photographs Two
North Mymms - Parish and People - Chapter Thirteen
The History of Gobions – Chapter Two
Gobions history to be unearthed – Click Here
Gobions Woodland Trust - Annual Report for 1998
North Mymms - Place Names
Extracts from History Society Archives – 1911

Relevant stories
Folly Arch - action demanded - June 28, 2000
Folly Arch continues to crack -April 23, 2000
English Heritage visits Folly Arch - Oct 13, 1999
English Heritage Letter - Oct 3, 1999
Folly Arch - supports in place - Sept 17, 1999
Folly Arch starts to crumble - Sept 12, 1999
Green Belt Society letter - Sept 12, 1999

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