Over 5,000 members of Friends of the Earth signed a similar standard letter of objection. For details about Highways England’s 2018 proposal please visit the Highways England website.
We continue to reminding the UK Government of their commitment to the World Heritage Site. Petition here.
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What happens next?
The A303 Stonehenge Project is a National Infrastructure Planning Project and subject to a successful application for a Development Consent Order. Following the end of the pre-application consultation there will 28 days for the Planning Inspectorate to review the application and decide whether or not to accept it for examination. If the examination is accepted we will publish the timescale within which people can register to become an Interested Party by making a Relevant Representation. More about the process on the Planning Inspectorate website here. Highways England’s timeline is pasted below. Click on image to enlarge.
And finally… will we be ignored?
We need to continue to engage with optimism. Past experience however leads us to doubt the validity of the consultation process. 77% of us objected to the short tunnel proposal in 2017 but were sidelined. Will this consultation be another expensive charade to satisfy Highways England’s political paymasters? There has not been a balance of facts. Little national outreach and international outreach is likely to as a result of our efforts. We believe that Highways England and Government will listen selectively and conclude with the answer it seeks.
We need to record and save our complaints for the Public Examination expected in 2019. Please keep supporting this campaign and:
1 Please sign our petition and encourage your friends to do likewise.
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Consultation appeal (Archived 23 April)
Stonehenge World Heritage Site (WHS) is this country’s most important prehistoric landscape, valued the world over for its outstanding complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments and buried archaeology. The recently-discovered Mesolithic site of Blick Mead dates back over eight millennia. The landscape inspires spiritual celebrations, artists, writers, historians and people from all walks of life to this day.
Despite the importance of this WHS, the UK Government plans to build a vast dual carriageway across the landscape, with massive tunnel portals emerging into deep cuttings for around a mile of new roads. Slip roads to a double interchange would destroy the western setting of the WHS. Irreparable damage would be inflicted upon this remarkable place.
The plans are nothing short of an international scandal. If we allow the damaging A303 Stonehenge scheme to go ahead, nowhere is safe from the bulldozer. We have a global duty to safeguard the whole WHS. It is shocking that our national bodies with obligations to care for our heritage are supporting Highways England’s scheme.
UNESCO, the international body responsible for inscribing World Heritage Sites, has expressed grave concerns.
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