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Rescue says: Stonehenge scheme decision delayed again, surely time to give up?

The Transport Secretary has delayed his decision on the A303 Stonehenge Scheme until 13 November to seek the views of interested parties on the major new find around Durrington Walls.   Highways England’s immediate response was as follows: “This find is in the north east corner of the World Heritage Site, well outside the scheme …

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Rescue Says: Build, Build, Build – but what about the consequences?

Boris Johnson has today announced a range of proposed measures aimed at shocking the British Economy back into life following the COVID-19 crisis and Brexit uncertainty. These include a repeated commitment to reform the planning system. Amongst specific measures mentioned in the official press release (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-build-build-build) are previously-announced proposals to extend permitted development rights and …

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Rescue says: Coronavirus – What about the archaeology?

Public health and personal safety are paramount: Archaeological site work should not be continuing whilst the current national coronavirus protection measures are in place. It is not an essential service and the travel involved is not necessary. As at late March 2020 Government guidance says one should only go to work outside one’s home if …

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Rescue says: A303 Stonehenge tunnel not yet a certainty

Yesterday’s Budget appeared to signal the final nail in the coffin for groups protesting the A303  proposals at Stonehenge –  but contrary to what the Chancellor appeared to say, a green light hasn’t suddenly been switched on for the A303 tunnel, just a continued commitment (since 2014) of HMG to “get it done” and that …

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Rescue says: Government announcement on local lists

On the 23rd October 2019, the government announced new measures to be undertaken as part of what the Communities, Housing and Local Government  Secretary  of State, Robert Jenrick MP, called the “most ambitious heritage preservation campaign for 40 years”. He said that with the historic environment singled out as a “key function of the planning system” the government …

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RESCUE statement on Brexit

RESCUE Members will no doubt be unsurprised to learn that there are zero provisions made for heritage, archaeology or the historic environment in general, within the terms of the UK’s EU Withdrawal Agreement. This may not be as unsurprising as you might think however, as few, if any, of the major international structures that underpin …

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Notre Dame and the risk to ancient buildings: Rescue write to The Times

Rescue have recently had the following letter published in The Times, on Wednesday April 17th, 2019. Notre Dame and the risk to ancient buildings Sir, The terrible scenes are a sobering reminder of the peril faced by historic buildings during renovation works.  Tinder-dry and filled with the dust of centuries, such structures are especially at …

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RESCUE says: Proposed changes to ‘Treasure’ rules include some of our policy proposals

The long anticipated new review of the Treasure Act is out for consultation until the end of April 2019.  It covers various aspects of the procedure in the Treasure Act Code of Practice (last updated 2007) to improve delivery speeds. It removes the overlap between Church of England and Treasure laws (in favour of the …

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Pre-Commencement Conditions & obtaining applicant consent: Archaeology

Rescue is offering ideas and comment in the following paper about the impact on archaeology of the changes to pre-commencement planning conditions which come into force in October. We welcome any constructive comments on this. Pre-Commencement Conditions & obtaining applicant consent: Archaeology Introduction: The process of assessing, identifying and removing archaeological remains from a site …

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