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25 years ago: Corporation apologises for Highgate Wood blunder

PUBLISHED: 15:24 09 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:28 07 September 2010

October 7 1983 The City of London Corporation has admitted that it blundered in seeking to amend by-laws which protect Highgate Wood from development. But they claim it was a ghastly mistake rather than a sinister plot to help the Departme

25 years ago

October 7 1983

The City of London Corporation has admitted that it blundered in seeking to amend by-laws which protect Highgate Wood from development. But they claim it was a "ghastly mistake" rather than a sinister plot to help the Department of Transport push through its controversial Archway Road scheme. Objectors to the Archway Road widening scheme say that it is symptomatic of the City's lax attitude to defence of the wood - a section of which the Department of Transport must acquire if its widening plan is to go ahead.

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