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Chipping Norton lorry diversion plans questioned by Rollright Stones trust
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Apropos this thread, I just saw this in today's Megalithic Portal newsletter:

"Plans to divert lorries from a West Oxfordshire town along a road surrounded by ancient monuments have been attacked by a group which looks after the site.

The Rollright Trust, which looks after the Rollright Stones north of Chipping Norton, has described a plan to divert the heavy goods vehicles to a road running through the site as ‘bonkers.’

At a meeting of Oxfordshire County Council on Tuesday, November 5 2019, councillors discussed plans to divert HGVs away from Chipping Norton town centre.

This, it was agreed, would improve air quality and lead to less traffic congestion in the town.

But the preferred diversion route would take lorries north of the town along the Rollright Road, which runs through the complex of ancient monuments.

There were also suggestions to widen the road into a large trunk road to cope with the higher volume of traffic.

George Lambrick, chairman of the Rollright Trust which owns and manages the site accused the council of ‘failing to appreciate that the key part of the road at the Rollright Stones is Warwickshire’s responsibility, not Oxfordshire’s.’

He said: “Just as national Government is set to spend £1.7 billion seeking to remove trunk road traffic from within 140m of Stonehenge, why are our local councillors even contemplating doing the exact opposite within less than 10m of the Rollright Stones? This is bonkers.”

More in the Oxford Mail[...]tioned-rollright-stones-trust/

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This has also been on the BBC local news and in Private Eye so let's hope that's the last we hear of the road widening..."

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Posted by Zariadris
9th January 2020ce

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