The Stonehenge Alliance petitioned the EU concerning several directives that we believe may be breached if the A303 Stonehenge Expressway goes ahead. [LINKS TO BE ADDED]
The directives and international conventions concerned are:
i) Directive 2014/52/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment (Environmental Impact Assessment Directive);
ii) Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of natural habitats wild fauna and flora (Habitats Directive);
iii) Directive 2009/147/EC on the conservation of wild birds (Birds Directive);
iv) Directive 2001/42/EC on the assessment of the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment (Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive);
v) The World Heritage Convention, the European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage (Revised), the European Landscape Convention and the Aarhus Convention.
The petition was heard on 21 March 2019 and considered admissible. Although the Development Consent Order application for the scheme is currently going through the public examination, the Petition Committee agreed to raise concerns about the project with the UK Government.
The Committee on Petitions has requested that the European Commission investigates further and has forwarded our petition to the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, as well as the Committee on Culture and Education for their information.
28 May – Letter to Stonehenge Alliance from the European Parliament Committee on Petitions
12 April – Letter to the European Parliament from the Secretary of State for Transport.
26 March – Letter from the European Parliament to Secretary of State for Transport.
21 March – Hearing at Committee for Petitions, European Parliament
Video clip including support from Green MEP: Molly Scott Cato
Petition submitted on behalf of the Stonehenge Alliance