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Commenting on damage to a Jacobean ceiling at BS1 1DE Historic England say they are “saddened that this important 400-year-old feature has been lost for future generations.”

But drive 50 miles East to SP4 7DE and what saddens them is totally different: “We’re disappointed that the ICOMOS report largely ignores both the benefits of removing a large stretch of the A303 and the danger of doing nothing at all.”

As everyone knows, UNESCO didn’t ignore the benefits, it simply said it was not reasonable to say the benefits can offset the damage. There’s something very wrong when an organisation which exists to “champion and protect historic places” can be saddened about damage in one place but disappointed by opposition to damage in another. Maybe Historic England will explain? Or maybe they won’t!

 

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