Save Stonehenge WHS: update

✍️ Ask your MP to scrap Stonehenge  scheme!

ACT NOW! Following the High Court’s judgment to quash the A303 Stonehenge road scheme the Transport Secretary must re-determine the scheme.  We need to urge Government to scrap the scheme for the sake of heritage, the environment and the next generation.  Write to your MP or your local ambassador if you are outside the UK.  We have composed a ready made email asking your MP to scrap the A303 Stonehenge road scheme.  WHAT TO SAY  

Stonehenge at risk of being placed on World Heritage in Danger list

The inescapable facts of the situation have led UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee today (22 July 2021) to confirm that if the outcome of Save Stonehenge WHS’s legal challenge allows the A303 Stonehenge scheme to proceed and the scheme is not modified, consideration will be given to placing Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites on the List of World Heritage in Danger next year.  The World Heritage Committee agreed the draft decision unchanged as per the published extract from the World Heritage Committee agenda below.  READ ALL

The Stonehenge Expressway: an eloquent emblem of a failed transport policy

The overflowing new visitor centre car park dominates the World Heritage Site.

Response to consultation by Professor Tim Marshall: Nothing has changed since 2017 other than greater awareness of the urgency to reduce carbon emissions, and the damage caused to our heritage and environment, by providing for increasing numbers of car journeys leading the vicious circle of more congestion. READ BLOG BY GUEST AUTHOR

PART ONE: What is planned?

Part One: What is planned? is the first of a series of summaries about the components of the Stonehenge A303 road widening scheme presented here as a slide show and video.    SCROLL THROUGH SLIDES OR VIEW VIDEO HERE

 PART TWO: Stonehenge Tunnel

Continuing our slide presentation “WHAT IS PLANNED? Part Two” is a summary description of the construction of the tunnel, spoil and what happens to the spoil based on information presented to the Examination.  SCROLL THROUGH SLIDES OR VIEW VIDEO HERE  

WORLD HERITAGE WATCH asks Grant Shapps to reconsider

Video letter on behalf of World Heritage Watch: WHW Chair, Stephan Dömpke appeals to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to reconsider the A303 road widening scheme past Stonehenge and avoid the disruption and harm it would cause to a landscape of Outstanding Universal Value since it transcends national boundaries and is of common importance to all humanity.” World Heritage Watch, based in Berlin, is a global network of more than 170 NGOs including the Stonehenge Alliance who he has personally supported through interventions at World Heritage Committee meetings. WATCH HERE 


What is wrong with a tunnel?  Wouldn’t a tunnel be a great improvement for visitors? Why can’t Highways England widen the existing road?  What are the alternative to a 3km tunnel?  Why do you not have a petition on the UK Parliament site? What were the results of the consultations?  YOUR TOP FAQs ANSWERED! 

Alliance asks PM to abandon scheme

In an open letter the Stonehenge Alliance has called on Prime Minister Johnson to abandon the damaging Stonehenge road scheme and consider an approach in keeping with the demands of environmental commitments. This followed the Government’s decision not to appeal against the High Court judgment quashing development consent for the scheme.  OPEN LETTER WITH REPLY FROM DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT HERE 

Letters have also been sent to the Secretaries of State for Transport and Culture, their ministerial teams as well as scheme supporters: Historic England, English Heritage and the National Trust.

A303 Stonehenge: No appeal but scheme to be re-determined

The Planning Inspectorate published the following notice on 10 August:

“Following an Order of the High Court made on 30 July 2021 the decision of the Secretary of State dated 12 November 2020 to grant the application by Highways England for development consent for the proposed A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down has been quashed. The Secretary of State must now re-determine that application. Further details on the re-determination process will be published here in due course.” 

No deadline for redetermination has been published.  The Stonehenge Alliance has written to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps advising him to abandon and radically review the scheme with all parties including ourselves.

High Court Judgment AGAINST A303 Stonehenge scheme!

John Adams, OBE, SSWHS Director and Acting Chairman of the Stonehenge Alliance, said:  “We could not be more pleased about the outcome of the legal challenge. The Stonehenge Alliance has campaigned from the start for a longer tunnel if a tunnel should be considered necessary. Ideally, such a tunnel would begin and end outside the WHS. But now that we are facing a climate emergency, it is all the more important that this ruling should be a wake-up call for the Government. It should look again at its roads programme and take action to reduce road traffic and eliminate any need to build new and wider roads that threaten the environment as well as our cultural heritage.”  PRESS RELEASE

Professor Mike Parker Pearson’s presentation (archaeology video)

Link to summary, transcript with slides, and video (19:09 minutes) here.

Professor Phil Goodwin’s presentation (transport video)

Link to transcript with slides, and video (18:26 minutes) here.

Saving Stonehenge WHS: Webinar in full

A webinar with Mike Parker Pearson, Professor of British Later Prehistory at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL, and Phil Goodwin, Professor Emeritus and Senior Fellow of Transport Policy at UCL and the University of the West of England,  explaining why Britain’s most iconic World Heritage Site should be saved from irreparable damage from the catastrophic A303 Stonehenge road widening scheme. Chaired by Tom Holland, Stonehenge Alliance President and award-winning historian, author and broadcaster. WATCH WEBINAR IN FULL HERE 

A303 Stonehenge Examiners recommended refusal. Why?

Since the decision by Transport Secretary to drive a chasm through Stonehenge World Heritage Site we have faced a flood of communications via various platforms expressing grief, shock and bafflement not least because the independent Examining Authority recommended it be refused permission saying that the effects on the WHS and historic environment would be ‘significantly adverse’  and ‘irreversible’.  READ MORE

More campaign videos

Selection of videos by those who object to Stonehenge road plans, or videos giving voice to objectors as well as informative videos about the scheme.  Some videos were first published on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram… CONTINUE READING




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