Great news! The Friends have won their first battle to improve the setting of the Roman Wall.

The Government Planning Inspector has upheld the Discontinuance Notice served by Colchester Borough Council on the advertising company JC Decaux. Decaux will now have to remove the advertising hoardings along Middleborough.

The Inspector ruled that the hoardings were damaging the wall – a scheduled ancient monument. He also said he was surprised the Discontinuance Notice hadn’t been issued long ago.