Friday, June 02, 2006

Between a Rock and a Hard Place...

Parish upset by moving tale of Brighton rock
By David Sapsted
(Filed: 02/06/2006)

It seemed a good idea at the time to uproot a five-ton boulder from a park and dump it in the middle of a green to deter youngsters playing football there.
It was only after the major operation to shift the lump that historians pointed out to bureaucrats they had moved a historic boundary stone, used for centuries to mark the border between two parishes.
So officials at Brighton City Hall have had to order that the 6ft long boulder be put back.
Council officials originally moved the stone because youngsters playing on the green next to St Peter's Church kept kicking footballs against the windows. Someone had the bright idea of relocating the boulder from the Wild Park, about a mile away.
It was only when it appeared on the green that historians and residents rounded on the council, pointing out that the boundary stone was even marked as such on Ordnance Survey maps.
A council spokesman said that they had moved the stone to make the green a "less inviting football pitch".
Just one problems remains: when workmen returned the boulder to its original location, they put it down back to front.
Daily Telegraph


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