The decision to go ahead with the A303 Stonehenge scheme has been legally QUASHED. The Transport Secretary must therefore redetermine the scheme i.e. decide whether to:
1. Approve the scheme.
2. Reject the scheme.
3. Ask for changes to the scheme requiring a new application.
National Highways has submitted its responses to the Transport Secretary’s Statement of Matters. In short, National Highways supports its discredited scheme application unaltered. Grant Shapps might be tempted to approve the scheme again. We hope to persuade him otherwise. There is still time for Government to change its mind, avoid international condemnation and save Stonehenge World Heritage Site.
Write to your MP using your own words
It is more effective if you can compose a short email or letter in your own words.
What should I say? Key points to include here.
Or, use this sample letter
Dear [first and last names] MP,
As you may know, the Transport Secretary’s decision to build a road and tunnel across Stonehenge World Heritage Site has been quashed in the High Court. As a result, the project has been delayed and Grant Shapps is in the process of redetermining the scheme.
Not only would this road scheme irreparably damage the landscape and its prehistoric archaeology, but UNESCO could reconsider the site’s World Heritage status if it goes ahead.
The case for the scheme rests on the shakiest of economic foundations. There is no realistic prospect of end-to-end dualling of the A303 in the foreseeable future, so all it would achieve would be to shift traffic jams a few miles down the road.
As host to world leaders in addressing the climate crisis at COP26 we expect to see all government decisions contributing to rapid reductions in CO2 emissions. But the Stonehenge scheme is one of the worst offenders in this regard and would add nearly 2.5 million tonnes of emissions in its building and operation.
Surely this is the time to abandon this hugely expensive scheme, protect our most iconic World Heritage, and pursue low carbon alternatives instead?
Please ask the Transport Secretary to ditch this scheme.
⇒ Please include your full name and address & attach the MP’s briefing.
⇒ Please copy to the relevant Secretaries of State:
Transport Secretary, The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP firstname.lastname@example.org
To write to the Prime Minister at No 10:
⇒ Write by post to the Prime Minister: 10 Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA
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