Reactions to Stalled Tunnel Plans
The "national disgrace" of Stonehenge is back where it started. After decades of argument and millions spent, the government yesterday went back to the drawing board on the traffic-choked roads which strangle the world heritage site.
Supporters and opponents of the tunnel were equally stunned. The Campaign to Protect Rural England, noting the approved proposal for a new 50-mile toll motorway beside the M6, said: "The government's green credentials have withered in the heat."
English Heritage, whose new, Australian-designed visitor centre is dependent on resolving the roads issue, said it understood concern over costs."However, we continue to believe that the proposed road scheme represents the best value for money for achieving all the desired improvements while offering protection to the underlying archaeology."
The National Trust, owner of thousands of acres of surrounding farmland, has called for a much longer tunnel. It said the review "should not in any way diminish the quality of the long-awaited project, or delay it substantially".
Mike Pitts, an archaeologist who has excavated at Stonehenge, and written about the site, said: "This is terrible news. In the wake of winning the London bid for the Olympics, it hardly encourages belief in the government's support for grand projects."
from the article by
Maev Kennedy in The Guardian
Posted by Rhiannon
21st July 2005ce
Edited 10th February 2006ce