AROUND THE COUNT
Five ways to solve a traffic crisis Dear editor I am totally against the Stonehenge proposals. I offer the following as a means of overcoming the traffic congestion problems. • Construct a flyover at the
Countess roundabout to take the A345 to and from Amesbury and Durrington over the A303. • Complete the dual carriageway on the A303 from the Countess roundabout to the traffic lights junction with the A36 at Deptford. • Construct a flyover at Long
Barrow crossroads to carry the A360 Devizes/Salisbury road over the A303. • Possibly construct a flyover at
Winterbourne Stoke to carry the B3083 over the A303. • Clearly mark with arrows on each carriageway at the approach to each junction so that traffic turning left, right or going straight on knows which lane to be in. I firmly believe that my proposals will keep the traffic moving at a fraction of the cost of the proposed tunnel.
I hope you can find a way of taking my proposals forward so that they can be given serious consideration by those people who take the final decision.
I firmly believe that the tunnel proposals should not be allowed to go ahead. Please do your very best. Peter Pickup. Bratton By email
• This letter wins the £25 book token.
By Georgie Green STONEHENGE: Is the future set in stone?
THE GOVERNMENT’S decision last month to go ahead with the Stonehenge tunnel has reignited the controversy that has raged for decades.
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Far from achieving closure, the decision has been described as either a ‘boost’ or as ‘a tragedy’, depending on which part of the argument you support.
In the BLUE corner stands Salisbury MP and government minister John Glen who believes the tunnel will be a substantial boost to the south Wiltshire economy.
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On the other hand, in the RED part of the ring, is historian and author James Holland who vehemently opposes the scheme, describing it as “a tragedy in the making”.
For centuries people have travelled the route from London to the south west taking in the view of Stonehenge in passing. Soon this view will become a thing of the past. For a guaranteed view of the stones, you will have to pay for the pleasure.
The plan to turn the A303 into a dual carriageway and at the same
He tells me: “This is a major national infrastructure project to reduce journey times to the south west. It also has the benefit to us locally of reducing congestion in villages along the route that are blighted by rat running, as well as reuniting the ancient out within the UNESCO world heritage site.
“The protected Stonehenge site is not just the stone circle but a wider area of perhaps the most archaeologically rich in the entire country, if not Europe.
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Letters relating to editor Georgie Green’s news story (“STONEHENGE: Is the future set in stone?, Wiltshire Life, January 2021) on the Stonehenge tunnel keep flooding in. Peter Pickup wins the £25 book token for the star letter…
Holland’s views are myopic and alarmist Dear editor I was deputy director, Stonehenge new visitor centre project team (2000-2005), that finally succeeded getting planning permission for the project after some 30 years of failed schemes.
landscape and monuments of Stonehenge are divided by the A303 and cannot be easily and pleasantly experienced.
I could not disagree more with the myopic, alarmist views of James Holland and the Stonehenge Alliance about the road tunnel.
I know that many archaeologists who have actually worked at/on the Stonehenge site feel the same way. Far from ‘short termism’, the tunnel will benefit Stonehenge and visitors for the long-term!
I have been an archaeologist all my career; for instance, I was the principal excavations officer the department of urban archaeology, Museum of London during its heyday in the 1980s and I have guided innumerable parties of students, adults, foreign visitors and dignitaries for more than 30 years around the site.
The reaction of the majority has been that the world heritage site is seriously blighted by the sight, sound and pollution from the A303 traffic and that it is a shame that the wider prehistoric
When James Holland asserts that ‘untold numbers of archaeological artefacts will be removed from the site and when they’re gone, they’re gone’, he ignores the fact that they will be professionally excavated and recovered by Wessex Archaeology and conserved, catalogued and reported.
Doubtless, many will be on public display in the Stonehenge visitor centre to the benefit of all those with an interest in the archaeology of Stonehenge. John Maloney Corsham By email