Stonehenge byways to remain open
From the Salisbury Journal
A Planning inspector has ruled that byways surrounding Stonehenge will remain open.
The decision follows inquiries into proposals to close the byways as well as parts of the A344 and the inspector has decided that although the road will close, the byways should remain open.
English Heritage plans to return the area to grass as part of plans for a new visitors' centre at Airman's Corner.
Planning inspector Alan Boyland said: "I accept that Wiltshire has a considerably greater length of byways than any other county. This is not however, in itself, a reason for allowing a further loss for recreational motor vehicle users.
"In this case, the loss of a further 7km, particularly given the strategic importance of those routes, and without similar alternative routes being available, would in my view be significantly detrimental to the current users."
At the inquiry, Druid leader King Arthur Pendragon objected to the proposals to close the byways as he said it is a violation of his human rights not to be able to access the area, particularly during Pagan ceremonies such as celebrations of the solstices and equinox.
Mr Pendragon said: "It appears that the inspector has erred on the side of common sense and found himself in agreement with the points made."
The new visitor centre has got planning permission and despite funding problems English Heritage hopes the it can be completed by 2013.
Posted by baza
27th November 2011ce
Edited 27th November 2011ce