Campaign timeline

A campaign history

The Stonehenge Saga by Lord & Lady Kennet

Gallery – early days of Save Stonehenge campaign

 

A campaign history

No one has disputed the case for a relief road for the village of Winterbourne Stoke that straddles the A303 immediately east of the  World Heritage Site and its setting.  What have been strongly resisted for over 40 years have been the threats by proposed major developments and road building through the Stonehenge landscape.  The history is graphically described by Tom Fort in his classic tale of a holiday journey The A303 Highway to the Sun.  Sitting in the constricted section on the A303 a few hundred yards beyond Countess roundabout, he muses, motorists might contemplate how it came to this point that they are imprisoned  by traffic queues everywhere.

“Somewhere along the road the ideal of automotive freedom died.”  Too much mobility, he concluded, resulted in general immobility (pp 126 onwards).

The schemes and associated public inquiries concerning the World Heritage Site are recorded on the old Save Stonehenge! website up to December 2007.  The campaign website was archived in 2013 by its founder, the UK Rivers Trust.  However the  newspaper headlines and links are worth scanning as they neatly capture the ups and downs of the Stonehenge campaign, supported at first by a handful of environmental campaigners which has burgeoned into today’s veritable army of objectors and keyboard warriors.

The Stonehenge Saga by Lord & Lady Kennet

”The Stonehenge Saga Continues” written by our founders, the late Lord and Lady Kennet traces the first 14 years of the long-standing ‘smouldering dispute’ with Government and the Highways Agency (the predecessor to Highways England) that has dogged the World Heritage Site since it’s inscription by UNESCO.

Campaign timeline

Timeline since the property’s inscription by UNESCO.  The recent links take you to our documents on the Planning Inspectorate library

  • 2027 Planned completion date for scheme
  • 2021 April Planned start on site (may be delayed)

Gallery of early days

We now publish our images of events and activities on Facebook, Twitter and blogsHere is a page of randomly selected archive photos taken during the early days of our Save Stonehenge WHS campaign which began in 2014.

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