Cirencester's Roman amphitheatre plan adopted

Cirencester amphitheatre
Image caption The proposals to improve the site were unanimously approved by councillors

A 10-year "master plan" to improve Cirencester's Roman amphitheatre as a tourist attraction has been formally adopted by the town council.

The document includes proposals for a new visitor centre, improved access and pathways and a car park, in an attempt to attract more visitors.

The site, which is owned by English Heritage, could also become a regular venue for concerts and plays.

The plans were unanimously approved at a council meeting on Tuesday.

Roman Cirencester, known at the time as Corinium Dobunnorum, was the second largest town in Roman Britain.

Its amphitheatre was built in the early 2nd Century and had a capacity of about 8,000.

The earthworks, which still exist near the centre of the town, are classified as a scheduled ancient monument.

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