anonymous coiney article published in Germany (Römisch-Germanische Kommission im Frankfurt am Main, NB Dan Pett is one of the authors - is this his text?). Despite what that article says, what has happened is by no means solely due to financial cuts (though they play a part in crippling the Scheme, as they have for coming up to a decade now). Roger Bland has faced far more hurdles than a six percent budget cut and always found extra funding. His resignation was due to something else. Information I have received point to a cause related to internal BM politics which should never have been allowed to influence a strategic national scheme like this.
I'll write more at a later date, there are still several things unclear to me. I hope to be able to put something more definitive up at the weekend. But things look very bleak for the dedicated team of metal-detectorist friendly people that worked for the PAS. From what I can determine, this LVA-PAS (Lava-PAS, PAS Meltdown) is not at all the positive thing it is being made out to be.
From what I have ascertained so far, it seems to me that the PAS ceased to exist as a coherent entity on 1st May 2015. PAS is not so much under threat, but de facto gone in all but name. Or is at least in hiatus if the changes can be reversed, which they jolly well should be unless England and Wales change the law on artefact hunting. I bet nobody who'd come across what I have written on the subject would ever have thought they'd read Paul Barford saying "bring back the PAS", but what has happened seems to me a bigger disaster from all points of view than PAS ever could have been. In Bonkers Britain, an unrealised heritage policy has just gone down the plughole, leaving just froth swirling on the dirty bathwater and a very bad smell too.The baby long since vanished.
Vignette: Shrinking influence