4 April 2019 – The much anticipated Preliminary Meeting for Examination of the A303 Stonehenge Development Consent Order (DCO) application was held at the invitation of the Examining Authority (ExA) on 2 April. It was a crowded bureaucratic affair coloured by challenging questions from participants and administrative blunders such as sending numerous local residents the wrong date [reported by the BBC] causing our followers to enquire about the timetable two days too late. Was it the theatre of the absurd? ... READ MORE
Leading archaeologist speaks out
25 October 2018 - Distinguished archaeologist, Professor Mike Parker Pearson, leading authority on the British Neolithic explains in this video why he opposes the A303 Tunnel. The Stonehenge World Heritage Site "is one of the few places, not just in Britain, but in the World, where you can see a special, sacred landscape developed over thousands of years. This sets a very bad precedence...” READ MORE
PRELIMINARY MEETING PUBLISHED
4 March 2019 - The Examining Authority will hold their Preliminary Meeting to examine the A303 Stonehenge scheme on 2 April on the outskirts of Salisbury. This link takes you to the invitation sent to all interested parties relevant to the examination and appends a list of issues to be covered and a draft timetable. We are preparing our case against the scheme with the help of specialists. An email will be sent to supporters shortly with an appeal to help us fund a strong case.
A consortium of archaeologists is objecting to the scheme and has launched a separate appeal. We are of course working alongside the group, but we need to emphasise thattheir website and funding appealare independent of ours.
Stonehenge Expressway - A monumental disaster!
16 November 2018 - Highways England's application for A303 Stonehenge Expressway has been accepted by the Planning Inspectorate. This is a prelude to a monumental disaster. READ MORE
Time is running out to save Stonehenge WHS
WATCH Historian and Stonehenge Alliance President, Tom Holland, describe the location of the Stonehenge tunnel within the internationally significant landscape. He denounces the legacy as a tragedy for posterity. Time is running out. You can email UNESCO today to lend support to its advice that the Government should explore options for a widened A303 that would not cause further damage to Stonehenge World Heritage Site.
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
Stonehenge Alliance complains about fake news
31 July 2018 - For some time the Stonehenge Alliance has been concerned about apparently propagandist misinformation surrounding the A303 tunnel project. Upbeat and reassuring press releases from Highways England and its scheme supporters Historic England, English Heritage and the National Trust include such statements... 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
ICOMOS-UK: "Explore other options"
The Chairman of ICOMOS-UK, advisor to UNESCO on World Heritage Sites in the UK, cites 16 reasons for objecting to the Highways England scheme. He urges Highways England to find an “acceptable and reasoned solution that protects the integrity of the Stonehenge component of the WHS as a sacred place of global importance not just for itsmain henge monument but for the totality of its interconnected pre-historic landscape." READ HERE
UNESCO's advice 2017
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.
Correspondence with authorities
The Stonehenge Alliance has written to ministers and many other authorities. We have received responses to most of our letters published here. They are an interesting record of this latest phase in the Stonehenge Saga that started in 2014, and also act as useful briefings for composing letters to ministers, MPs and others.
Ministers' replies to parliamentary questions posed by Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb are on a separate pagehere.