CBA Response to Scrapping of Plans
The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) has responded to news that the proposed tunnelling of a main road past Stonehenge is to be reviewed after its estimated cost doubled. The CBA hopes the Government will reconsider the whole scheme.
"We were strongly opposed to the planned tunnel," said Mike Heyworth, Director of the CBA. "Now it sounds as if they're going to kick it into the long grass."
A statement from the CBA confirmed that it remains: "resolutely opposed to the proposals for a short tunnel, which removes the A303 from the immediate vicinity of the stones but only at the cost of major damage to the rest of the World Heritage Site. The CBA believes that it is essential to look beyond the area visible from Stonehenge itself, as its prehistoric builders so clearly did, to appreciate the extraordinary landscape of ceremonial and funerary monuments around it."
Mike Heyworth explained that for the CBA, the most pressing issue is the closure of the A344 (which runs right by the stones) and the relocation of the visitor centre. He believes there are other options that haven't been explored, in particular a new surface route outside the World Heritage Site, which the CBA will be strongly pushing for.
He commented: "It is ironic that the Government has made this announcement during National Archaeology Week ... The CBA urges the Government to use the forthcoming review to seek a world class solution for a world class archaeological landscape."
taken from the article by Caroline Lewis
at the 24hr Museum website
Posted by Rhiannon
22nd July 2005ce
Edited 10th February 2006ce