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Yowling Moggy No 36: take a bow Highways England’s PR Department!

Their latest latest is bizarre: “We’ve already conducted surveys over the past couple of years which has helped us draw up the preliminary design of the scheme.“ Really? But surely if you’d truly attempted to minimise damage helped by the surveys the new roads would either have been planned to follow the existing one or to […]

The 25th yowling moggy: Tunnel lobby out-dirty tricks Highways England!

Now (by sheer chance you understand) English Heritage is celebrating archive footage (courtesy of Heritage England) titled “A hundred years of change” showing how bad things were in the landscape years ago https://twitter.com/BBCSouthToday/status/832850377661902849 and ending with the words “As debate over the tunnel continues, the landscape will continue to  change”….. The subtext, surely, is “look, […]

A 15th yowling moggy (from English Heritage) and a 16th from Highways England.

Why yowling moggy? Because a series of misrepresentations (16 so far) may suggest a concerted agenda. . English Heritage has published 2 pictures titled THE SOLUTION suggesting how the Stonehenge Landscape could look “without the A303“…. But it’s a misrepresentation that pushes the term “blatant” to new levels. The landscape will NOT be “without the […]

Yowling moggy No. 39: why the Stonehenge tunnel is so short!

Ever wondered why they don’t make the tunnel longer than 2.9 km and save all this argument? Well, Highways England implies it’s because “2.9 km is the maximum length a tunnel can have before it becomes necessary to install ventilation shafts along its length.” So not money then! It’s because a longer tunnel would mean […]

Highways England in sneaky message?

Not exactly dangerous revolutionaries, are they? Yet Highways England took it upon themselves to send this pally message to a local pro-scheme group… From: Von Hippel, Yogi Sent: 27 August 2020 14:55 To: Janice Hassett Subject: Extinction Rebellion Protest tomorrow 28 August 2020 Hi Janice, Just to let you know we’ve been informed of an […]

Stonehenge Yowling Moggy No 35: the archaeology that will be lost is “a bit on the dull side”!

The previous 34 yowling moggies (i.e. the sound of truth being tortured) show the pro-tunnel agencies bending reality to justify inflicting massive new damage on the Stonehenge landscape against UNESCO’s wishes. Mr Hunter of Highways England has outdone them all, telling the world: “What we have shown, what archaeological remains there are, are nothing that […]

Stonehenge Yowling Moggy No 34 (courtesy Chris Grayling!)

For some time we’ve likened the distortions of the pro-short tunnel lobby to the sound of “yowling moggies” (see them all here). Now it’s clear there was a 34th one dropped into the press over three years ago: “In an email, seen by the BBC, Highways England suggests a southern bypass route would be “considered” […]

Stonehenge Yowling Moggy 31, 32 and 33: pretending the tunnel is long enough

See here (we’ve highlighted the relevant bits below in red). When reading them keep in mind UNESCO has stated very clearly that the tunnel is too short so would do more harm than good! Derek Parody, project director for Highways England, said: “We were grateful to the representatives from UNESCO/ICOMOS who took time to be […]

Yowling Moggy No. 30 – “a green bridge” will “help the road disappear into the landscape”!

Highways England has released an artists impression of a proposed ‘green bridge’ at Stonehenge “which it is hoped will help the road disappear into the landscape”. Sounds mindbendingly unlikely, but very nice. It would certainly look very good – something like this: . . Ah, but wait a minute. If, as you walk across it, […]

Yowling Moggy 27: it wasn’t really a map, honest!

Number 27 comprises Highways England publishing a plan showing Blick Mead in the wrong place and then explaining the mistake by saying “The document in question is a land ownership boundary plan. The plan shows indicative general features and was never intended as a geographical map.’ Well, we’d perhaps be more inclined to believe them […]