Responses from non-governmental bodies below. Unless otherwise stated the views expressed arose from the non-statutory consultation in early 2017. Full Highways England consultation report in Vols 1 – 4 here. We await the statutory consultation early this year.
Founded in 1994 the Avebury Society is a Civic Society that speaks for its members on matters that affect Avebury and surrounding villages. The Society appoints representatives to various World Heritage Site Management Committees and is affiliated to the Council for British Archaeology.
Objection to Stonehenge proposals are here.
Campaign for Better Transport
Consortium of Stonehenge Experts
The signatories of the joint objection to Highways England are senior archaeologists who have carried out internationally recognised research within the Stonehenge WHS within the last ten years or more. Please link here.
Council for British Archaeology (CBA)
The CBA has had a long history of engagement with the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site, principally associated with the management of Stonehenge and the surrounding landscape.
In early 2016, CBA trustees revisited earlier documents which had previously informed the CBA’s engagement with Stonehenge, and in April agreed a revised and updated set of Cardinal Principles which the CBA believes are crucial in considering the management of the monument and its surrounding landscape. They will be particularly important in relation to any proposal for the A303 within the World Heritage Site which might be published for consultation in 2017.
The revised Principles were made available to all CBA members as a consultation draft in the summer of 2016, and trustees considered all responses at their meeting in October. The final draft of the updated Principles were then circulated to members for discussion and adoption at the 2016 AGM in November.
The final updated document, as approved by CBA members at the AGM, is available here.
18 January 2017 – CBA statement on Stonehenge proposals
CBA response to A303 Stonehenge consultation can be read here.
CBA Wessex final response here.
CPRE – Campaign to Protect Rural England
CPRE, CPRE SW and CPRE Wiltshire branch are members of Stonehenge Alliance.
Objection to Highways England by CPRE South West can be found here.
Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth are members of the Stonehenge Alliance. Response from FOE SW is here.
Honouring the Ancient Dead
Honouring the Ancient Dead is a British initiative that advocates respect for what are commonly called ‘human remains’ and their related funereal artefacts. Their summary response can be found here and full response here.
ICOMOS-UK is the UK committee of ICOMOS International that advises on aspects of World Heritage and sites for nomination across the UK. It is an independent charity with a UK-wide and international mission to promote and support best practice in the conservation, care and understanding of the historic environment. ICOMOS-UK has objected strongly to Highways England’s proposal for a short tunnel across the WHS. Read their response here.
The Prehistoric Society promotes the preservation of and research into all aspects of human prehistory. Here is their response.
Rescue: The British Archaeological Trust
Rescue is a member of Stonehenge Alliance. Their objection can be read here.
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
The RSPB objected to the published proposals because of the direct impact on the stone-curlew nesting territories in the Normanton Down Reserve and on the Salisbury Plain. Their objection can be read in full here. A summary is available on their website here.
The Stonehenge Alliance
Our response rejects the scheme and calls for a consultation re-run. It can be found here.
Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society (WANHS – Wiltshire Museum)
The Wiltshire Museum has an international reputation and attracts visitors from all over the world. The archaeology collections, which are among the finest in Britain, trace the history of people living in Wiltshire in a series of galleries – Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman, Saxon, and Medieval. The collections on display include important finds associated with the World Heritage Sites of Avebury and Stonehenge including gold objects excavated from Bush Barrow near Stonehenge.
The Society has a long association with Stonehenge. In 1883 when two railway lines were planned to run across Stonehenge Down the Society led a successful campaign against them. A few years later the Society was involved in gaining protection for the stones under the Ancient Monuments Act. In the 1920s leading members of the Society purchased 1,500 acres of land around Stonehenge as part of a national appeal to protect the landscape. All this land is now in the care of the National Trust.
The Society is involved in discussions on the widening of the A303 main road which runs past the site. “We are actively campaigning for solutions which will minimise the impact on the area’s archaeology.”
Following consultation with its members, their final response to the A303 Stonehenge consultation is here.
Winterbourne Parish Council
The A303 runs through the village of Winterbourne Stoke. They are surprised that they have not been considered statutory consultees and frustrated by the lack of data and answers to technical questions about impacts. Link to the Parish Council’s response is in two parts. Response letter here and an addendum here.
Supporters of the A303 Stonehenge scheme
Society of Antiquaries
The Policy Committee of the Society of Antiquaries tend to agree with some reservations, subject to further detail.