Grotesque act of desecration by British Government
“Nowhere else in Britain do the demands of the present and the claims of the past rub up against each other more insistently than amidst the Stonehenge landscape.” Tom Holland
Rishi Sunak made much in his Budget statement on Wednesday about “getting things done”. His announcement of funding to upgrade the A303 past Stonehenge horrified all those who hold this landscape dear. But is it a done deal? …CONTINUE READING
Petition isn't going away!
In view of Government’s persistence with its deeply misguided plan to proceed with the Stonehenge Tunnel we have decided to persist with our petition and build up the opposition. Please can you share the petition with writers of blogs, magazines, managers of Facebook pages, travelogues, Trip Advisor or a newsletter? Next stop, Secretary of State for Transport!
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Decision on Stonehenge Tunnel with Minister
The Examining Authority recommendations are with the Secretary of State for Transport for a decision on or around 2nd April. The decision is complicated by financial strictures, the Prime Minister having asked each Government department to sacrifice some “sacred cows” in time for the Chancellor’s budget announcement in March. Sajid Javid believes the Stonehenge Tunnel scheme represents poor value for money whereas Grant Shapps is enamoured of ‘extraordinary infrastructure’ and appears to be in favour of the scheme. The Stonehenge Alliance sent an open letter to Grant Shapps asking him to axe the A303 Stonehenge ... READ MORE
Leading archaeologist speaks out
25 October 2018 - Professor Mike Parker Pearson, leading expert in British Neolithic archaeology, speaks out about the Stonehenge tunnel in a video “Stonehenge tunnel sets a bad precedent”shares his profound concerns. At barely 3km long the tunnel would be too short within a World Heritage Site that is more than 5km across, full of prehistoric monuments. Mike reminds us that the UNESCO World Heritage Site is “a designation of an entire landscape. It’s one ... READ MORE
Future of Stonehenge WHS in the balance!
The Infrastructure Planning Inspectorate’s Examination of the Development Consent Order application for widening the A303 through Stonehenge WHS has now closed.
Since April, the Alliance’s attention has been focused 100% on scrutinising documents, writing objections, commissioning specialists and co-ordinating our case against the road scheme. We worked alongside superb objecting colleagues hoping to defeat a shocking proposal that many thousands have objected to. Throughout the examination period unfortunately we did not have the capacity to keep all our followers ... READ MORE
What are we saving and why?
The £1,700,000,000 (approximately $2.2bn) road scheme is part of a UK Government long term plan to upgrade the A303 to an Expressway to the... READ MORE
Stonehenge: Much more than a monument
3 October 2018 - For many people Stonehenge is a famous monument to visit on a trip to England. For others Stonehenge is a special place of spirituality, for quiet contemplation, commune with ancestors, for healing and celebration. This article however is an introduction to Stonehenge in its landscape as a unique prehistoric cultural World Heritage Site. READ MORE
Please can you pop a £ in the pot?
15 August 2018 - Thank you to everyone who responded to the supplementary consultation which has now closed. To campaign against the devastating 'expressway' we need money. Our work is donated voluntarity but we need to pay for publicity, professional advice and numerous sundry items. However little you wish to contribute we would be hugely appreciative. To donate please link here.
MPs’ debate raises alarm for Stonehenge heritage
6 June 2018 - Yesterday’s Westminster Hall debate, called byAlex Burghart, Conservative MP for Brentwood and Ongar, was both timely and critical in informing Members of Parliament about the unsurpassed heritage of the World Heritage Site (WHS) – and for flushing out some worrying misunderstandings of proponents of the A303 Stonehenge short tunnel scheme. Despite the Government’s hard line, endorsed by Transport Minister...READ MORE
22 expert archaeologists say A303 Scheme sets dangerous precedent
“The UK has an international reputation for the quality of its heritage protection and enhancement; that reputation can only be maintained – setting the bar high enough to encourage others to reject large-scale damaging developments in other World Heritage Sites around the world.” Detailed letter to Highways England by a consortium of 22 experts led by Professor Mike Parker-Pearsonwho have carried out...READ HERE
Stonehenge was designated in 1986 by UNESCO as “Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites World Heritage Site”. The Statement of Outstanding Universal Value explains why the WHS is of such importance to mankind... READ MORE
Numerous cartoonists have lampooned the road and tunnel scheme since the announcement of the 2014 version of widening the A303. To view a selection of our favouritesclick here!
Watch! Weep! Protest!
Government intends to build a 4-lane road and tunnel in the heart of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site. Tom Holland explainsthe horror (1.11min) on a site visit in 2017. More videos here.
Sir Tony Robinson responds
Tony Robinson and others explain why they objected to the Stonehenge scheme. Points made at the 2017 consultation are still valid since the short tunnel remains the preferred route.
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