Cirencester amphitheatre to be restored to former glory with help from Cirencester Town Council
ONE of Cirencester’s most forgotten but unique historical landmarks is to be brought back to life under new and exciting regeneration plans.
The Roman amphitheatre, which is one of the largest of its kind in the country, has been neglected over the years and is not living up to its full potential.
The Friends of the Amphitheatre group was set up to bring the former Roman venue into the 21st century.
Andrea Pellegram, chairman of the group, told the Standard what’s in store for the amphitheatre.
She said: “We have very extensive and ambitious plans for the amphitheatre area, although it could take us many years to implement them all.”
The group is currently working on improving the area that surrounds the scout hut but they also want to see improvements made to the car park area and the trails that run through it.
Andrea said: “One day we’d like to hold events like concerts and Roman reenactments there, it’ll take us a long time but there’s lots and lots of scope.
“Ultimately we want to get more people using it. Some people who live in Chesterton have never even been to it. It should be a really big tourist attraction.”
Improvements to the amphitheatre are being made as part of Cirencester Town Council’s Green Spaces Strategy, which aims to promote the town’s green areas.
Town councillor Deryck Nash said: “It’s vitally important to look after the amphitheatre. We don’t want the town to become a mass of buildings, we want it to retain its market feel.”
People can keep up to date with all things amphitheatre by visiting www.facebook.com/friendsofamphitheatre.
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