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Folly Arch repairs update
by Bob Horrocks
North Mymms Greenbelt Society

A close up of the cracks. - f2.jpg (15005 bytes)
A close up of the cracks taken September 2001. Digital camera on loan from Fujifilm
In June 2002 we were advised that structural engineers had drawn up a new schedule of work that has been costed and sent to English Heritage for their approval.

English Heritage wrote to Welwyn Hatfield Council on August 22, saying that the costs had increased and they were assessing a request to increase their grant.

At that stage English Heritage was "pressing for a late summer start regardless".

In September, the North Mymms Greenbelt Society wrote to English Heritage asking them to ensure work starts in 2002 since it is unlikely to be affected by winter weather.

On October 6, English Heritage acknowledged our letter saying that they were "still corresponding and negotiating with the owners in an attempt to encourage them to make a start this year and avoid further delays".

We now learn that the immediate repair work will be just underpinning and stabilisation of the Arch. Repair of the cracks will take place sometime later.

The reason is that the structure needs to be stabilised before the cracks are treated otherwise the central span is likely to open again.

Regular updates on this and other issues appear on our website's latest news section.

by Bob Horrocks, North Mymms Greenbelt Society

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October 27, 2002

Related stories
Folly Arch repair costs rise - September 10, 2002
Formal repairs notice for Folly Arch - March 20, 2002
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Folly Arch crack widens - September 29, 2001
Folly Arch - repairs expected soon - March 10, 2001
Folly Arch cracks getting worse - November 12, 2000
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

More about Folly Arch on this site
History of Gobions Estate - Chapter 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
Gobions Woodland Trust - Annual Report for 1998
North Mymms - Place Names
Extracts from History Society Archives 1911

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