Year: 2017

Rescue publish “Fighting Back” version 8

Rescue have published an eighth version of Fighting Back – our  suggestions as to how to campaign to save our museums, archaeological services and the historic environment. These notes are intended to provide guidance for campaigners seeking to protect and preserve local and regional archaeological and heritage services and museums from cuts which will damage the …

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Stonehenge Alliance statement on UNESCO judgement on Stonehenge tunnel

On 6 July, in Krakow, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee agreed that the benefits a 2.9km tunnel would bring to the centre of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site (WHS) cannot be offset against the damage it would cause to other parts of the WHS, and would have an impact on the Outstanding Universal Value of Stonehenge. …

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Rescue AGM – 29th April 2017

The Rescue AGM was held at the University of Salford on 29th April 2017. Our host, Mike Nevell, followed our usual AGM proceedings with a very engaging talk “Archaeology North West: Problems and Opportunities in Saving the Past for the Future.”  We present below a series of Tweets, photo and video from the event for …

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Highways England’s consultation on the A303 at Stonehenge response from RESCUE

Latest news: Highways England’s consultation is now closed. There will be a preferred route announcement in summer 2017 and further consultation on that scheme in late 2017. Update: 21 leading Stonehenge archaeologists and academics have responded to the consultation, emphasising the damage a short tunnel option would do. Read it here. Other responses, from key organizations, …

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Rescue challenge government over threat to historic environment in Neighbourhood Planning Bill

Rescue has noted with interest the Government’s latest response to concerns raised about the proposed Neighbourhood Planning Bill, provided by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth following the Second Reading of the Bill on the 17th January. Once again, the Government has failed to provide any support for their conclusion that the Bill will not unduly restrict the …

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Rescue react to short tunnel option at Stonehenge

STONEHENGE ALERT! Highways England has announced a 7-week consultation on widening the A303 with a single 2.9km (1.8mile) tunnel option for the World Heritage Sites (WHS). The consultation documents can be seen here: https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/cip/a303-stonehenge/, and include maps, videos and a questionnaire for public feedback. An easy-to-use standard response letter can be accessed at http://stonehengealliance.org.uk/act-now/write-to-highways-england/. We urge …

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Protecting pre-commencement archaeological conditions: Rescue write to APPAG with concerns about the Neighbourhood Planning Bill

Rescue have written to all members of the All Party Parliamentary Archaeology Group (APPAG) to express our concerning regarding part of the current Neighbourhood Planning Bill, which will go through a second reading on 17th January. These concerns focus on the clause (currently clause 12) of the Bill which proposes changes to the Town and …

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