Launched without notification, with the clock already running and only two days until the first exhibition event… Highways England’s announcement of the public consultation for the A303 at Stonehenge brought to mind Monty Python’s ‘Spanish Inquisition’:

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“Nobody expects the Stonehenge Imposition! Amongst our weaponry are such diverse elements as: fear, surprise, and an almost fanatical devotion to the Road!”

“Amongst our weaponry are such diverse elements as: fear, surprise, and an almost fanatical devotion to the Road!”

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Less than seven weeks have been given for busy individuals and archaeology, heritage and wildlife groups to examine the proposals and formulate their stances. The number of the one-day-only exhibition venues are also few, and apart from one event at the elite HQ of the Society of Antiquaries in London, the area in which the exhibitions are being held is ludicrously parochial for a World Heritage site (WHS). Blink and the exhibition briefly pops up elsewhere then gone again.