Evening Echo
March 4, 2002

TV's Time Team may dig up park

A MAJOR television archaeological series could be drafted in to investigate the history of Fossetts Farm and Priory Park in Southend.

Actor Tony Robinson, who fronts Channel Four's archaeological Time Team series, will be meeting with Southend Labour Party colleagues on Monday evening for a private meeting in the Labour Hall, Cambridge Road.

However, Labour councillors from St Luke's and Victoria Wards will [be] urging him and the team to consider an in-depth probe into the land at Fossetts Farm, off Eastern Avenue.

Its southern boundary abuts an Iron Age camp which is an ancient monument.

They will also be seeking for a fresh look into the whole Prittlewell Priory and Priory Park area.

Both sites contain scheduled ancient monuments and Southend Labour councillors will hand Mr Robinson the English Heritage site schedules.

Both Fossetts Farm and Priory Park have been areas of local controversy and concern.

Fossetts Farm was originally scheduled as a new site for Southend United Football Club but is now likely to be largely used for business development, including a possible new B&Q warehouse.

Priory Park was at the centre of the controversy over the planned widen-

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