NEW BLOG Stonehenge, UNESCO and the Spanish amendments
For a third time, the UK Government has invited a joint UNESCO World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS mission to Stonehenge to give specialist advice on the A303 project. Based on the 2018 Advisory Mission's findings a Report and Draft Decision were prepared for discussion at the annual World Heritage Committee meeting in Bahrain on 28 June 2018. Echoing the two previous mission reports, the 2018 mission has made the following crucial findings... READ MORE
MPs’ debate raises alarm for Stonehenge heritage
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 Jesse Norman, there were indications that MPs want a solution to A303 traffic problems that would preserve the archaeology of the WHS...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 internationally recognised research within the Stonehenge WHS within the last ten years or more. Seven are members of the A303 Scientific Committee.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
Alliance responds to consultation
The consultation did not do justice to a World Heritage Site.
OUR RESPONSE: Alliance asks Highways England to listen to UNESCO. We strongly disagree with the proposed scheme in its entirety since it would... READ MORE
What are we saving and why?
The £1,600,000,000 ($2.2bn) road scheme is part of a UK Government long term plan to upgrade the A303 to an Expressway to the... MORE
Please can you pop a £ in the pot?
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. Thank you to all our generous supporters!
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.
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!
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.