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24 years ago, on 8th July 1994, English Heritage and the National Trust mounted “The Great Debate”, an international conference on Stonehenge. Sir Angus Stirling, Director General of the National Trust, spoke for both organisations, saying:

“We have concluded that the only feasible on-line route [for the A303] which meets the essential requirements of this World Heritage Site, is a long bored tunnel starting East of New King Barrows and finishing to the West well past the monument, that is the restoration to its grand and natural setting that is the National Trust’s and English Heritage’s duty. There is no historic site in England where we shall uphold that duty with greater resolve and determination.”

You have until the end of today if you wish to tell the Inspector you still support those words: the only feasible on-line route [for the A303] which meets the essential requirements of this World Heritage Site, is a long bored tunnel” – and neither time nor circumstances could ever make it otherwise.


“Alternatively, if you trust Chris Grayling to drive a great gash of concrete & tarmac through our most precious prehistoric landscape in a sensitive & considered manner, and leave behind an enduring monument to our age that will do us credit, then don’t bother.”  -Tom Holland.


 

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