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Folly Arch repair costs rise

English Heritage is deciding whether to increase its grant for essential work to be carried out to save Folly Arch. The listed building has deteriorated over the last few years, with large cracks appearing in the brickwork and masonry falling to the ground.

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
Since the first crack was spotted in November 1998, the local greenbelt society has been campaigning for repairs to be carried out. In 1999, English Heritage identified the extent of the damage and drew up a schedule for essential repairs.

But various delays meant that the work was put off until the summer of 2000. That deadline came and went. It was then thought that the work would take place in 2001, but again, as the cracks worsened, that deadline past.

Earlier this year, the North Mymms District Greenbelt Society reported that work was expected to get underway this summer, but further delays prevented the building work from starting.

According to the NMDGS, structural engineers drew up a fresh schedule for the work this summer, along with a revised estimate of the costs. These were then sent to English Heritage for its approval.

A few weeks ago, English Heritage wrote to Welwyn Hatfield Council to say that they were, ‘assessing a request to increase their grant for the work.’

According to the greenbelt society, English Heritage is pressing for, "a late summer start", for the work to begin. The question is whether, as in previous years, the autumn weather will lead to yet another delay.

September 10, 2002

Related stories
Formal repairs notice for Folly Arch - March 20, 2002
Folly Arch repairs delayed until spring - November 6, 2001
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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