Stonehenge

Stonehenge Update

An Inquiry has been announced into proposed Stopping Up Orders for the A344, from its dangerous junction with the A303 at Stonehenge Bottom, and for part of the B3086 so that it might be diverted slightly to the west at Airman’s Corner where it is intended to construct a new roundabout to improve road safety …

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Stonehenge Update: October 2010

The new coalition government withdrew its contribution of £10m towards the Stonehenge Project on 18 June. Shortly afterwards, despite legal representations from the Stonehenge Alliance, Wiltshire Council granted planning permission for the Stonehenge visitor centre scheme. Although English Heritage has resolved to try to obtain the lost £10m from alternative sources outside Government, it is understood that the money has not yet been secured. In …

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Stonehenge Update: May 2010

Planning permission has still not been given for English Heritage’s new visitor-facilities (May 2010). A decision awaits resolution of issues arising from the Stonehenge Alliance’s solicitor’s letter to Wiltshire Council on the matter of its Appropriate Assessment of the impact of the proposed development on nearby Special Areas of Conservation (The River Avon and Salisbury …

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Stonehenge Visitor Centre, Plans Dropped: RESCUE responds

The Government announced this week that it was withdrawing its financial support for the proposed £25m new visitor centre at the Stonehenge World Heritage Site. This is the first high-profile heritage casualty of the current budgetry pressures and forthcoming programme of spending cuts. It is unlikely to be the last. Rescue does not welcome the …

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Stonehenge Update (January 2010)

The planning application for a new Stonehenge visitor centre and associated works was considered by Wiltshire Council’s Strategic Planning Committee on Wednesday 20 January. http://www.salisbury.gov.uk/planning/development-control/planning-applications/2009/1527/application-documentation.htm In summary, the scheme proposals are for closure of the A344/A303 junction at Stonehenge Bottom and greening of the A344 up to the Henge; removal of parking and other facilities …

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Rescue News No 107, for Summer 2009 included:

Stonehenge: Visitor facilities decision announced In May the Government announced that it is to go ahead with new visitor facilities for Stonehenge. English Heritage welcomed the Government’s decision, which, together with integrated proposals to close the A344, will improve the monument’s setting and presentation to visitors. Stonehenge before and after the proposed scheme. (Photo © …

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Rescue News No 105, for Autumn/Winter 2008 included:

UNESCO’s damning report on UK World Heritage Sites The United Nations cultural agency, UNESCO, has heavily criticised the UK Government, for failing in its duty to conserve parts of the country’s globally significant heritage and for a lack of clarity when assessing the conflicts between conservation and development. It has demanded urgent steps to remedy …

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