Given the historical importance of the entire area, and its associations with the Gurkha regiments, we appreciate that any form of change can create concerns for those who live closest to the site or have been using the land quite happily in its unmanaged state since 2000.
Within the bounds of our contractual responsibilities and directives, we are using our expertise to enhance the site by improving access to the many acres of the landscape, which has formerly been practically inaccessible.
We are adapting to and with the landscape to bring it back to its best.
It is our intention to work on the site with care and sensitivity and with the least amount of disruption to residents and the local community.
There will be a number of areas where public access is restricted or forbidden, but given the increase of usable land that will be available after the clearance and regeneration, your enjoyment of the area should not be in any way curtailed.
Pillboxes are concrete dug-in guard posts, normally equipped with loopholes through which to fire weapons. The originally jocular name arose from their perceived similarity to the cylindrical and hexagonal boxes in which medical pills were once sold. They are in effect a trench firing step hardened to protect against small-arms fire and grenades and raised to improve the field of fire.