Haulage companies set to by bypass Stonehenge

5 11 2011

Fleet drivers will have to seek alternative routes when travelling through the county of Wiltshire later next year, following an announcement that roads around Stonehenge will be closed.

The news came after roads minister Mike Penning backed plans for a £3.5 million investment in diverting traffic away from Stonehenge in a bid to reduce congestion in the area.

Under the plans, the 879m length section of the A344 and its junction with the A303 will be closed.

Along with this, a 263m length segment of the B3086 and its junction with the A344 are also set to be closed under the scheme.

According to Mr Penning, further improvement will see “increased capacity delivered on the A360/A303 at Longbarrow Crossroads”, to compensate for the stopped up roads around Stonehenge.

The move was greeted positively by English Heritage, with Stonehenge project director Lorraine Knowles calling it “necessary in order to enable the Stonehenge Environmental Improvements Project to proceed”.

“It will significantly improve the experience of visitors to the Stonehenge monument and facilitate greater access to the wider World Heritage Site landscape,” she said.

At present, the Highways Agency is set to finish improvements to the Longbarrow roundabout in the area before closing the roads near the site from next year

Hope that will stop them ‘honking’ their horns as they travel passed as well (noisy bas***ds)

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Where will they go ?

Merlin ‘ Stonehenge
The Stonehenge Stone Circle Website

Campaign launched to bring back Stonehenge Solstice Festival

3 11 2011

A CAMPAIGNhas been launched to bring back a summer solstice festival to

Stoneheneg free festival flyer

Stoneheneg free festival flyer

Stonehenge after more than 25 years.

Paul Hegarty travels from his home in London to Stonehenge four times a year and he is behind the campaign to see a legal, organised festival on land next to the ancient stones.

“We want to see the return of a festival site. Stonehenge is getting a lot of people turning up for the summer solstice, between 15,000 and 30,000, and the site just isn’t big enough,” he said. “We want to see the return of a more communal festival,” he said.

Mr Hegarty, 45, is currently in talks with English Heritage and the National Trust, who own the land, about whether or not it’s possible.

He said: “I’m waiting for something positive to come back and I would like to gauge the feelings of local people.”

The last solstice festival took place at Stonehenge in 1985 and it was stopped by police following rioting and violence but Mr Hegarty says after 26 years it is time for a legal, organised, licensed festival site.

He is asking for people to write to him with their thoughts to 725 Hobart House, Wandsworth Road, London, SW8 2JB

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I was up at the Stones during the recent Autumn Equinox (2011) and met Paul – he gave me this leaflet (sorry – not the best scan)

Stonehenge Free Festival Campaign

Stonehenge Free Festival Campaign

Link:  http://www.ukrockfestivals.com/henge-menu.html
Link: http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/

Merlin @ Stonehenge
The Stonehenge Stone Circle Website

Stonehenge A344 road closure approved

1 11 2011

Plans to close a main road running past Stonehenge have been backed by the government following a public inquiry.

An aerial view of Stonehenge without the A344 road

An aerial view of Stonehenge without the A344 road

English Heritage wanted to stop traffic from travelling close to the stones and “restore the dignity” of the World Heritage Site by closing the A344.

Following a public inquiry, an independent inspector recommended part of the road could be closed off.

Roads minister Mike Penning has approved the plans and £3.5m will be used to improve nearby roads.

In June 2010 Wiltshire Council granted planning permission for a new visitors centre at Airman’s Corner, 1.5 miles (2km) west of Stonehenge.

At the public inquiry, opponents claimed the plans would give English Heritage a monopoly on access to the site.

The scheme will see an 879 metre section of the A344 from its junction with the A303 closed.

Part of the B3086 from its junction with the A344 will also be closed and “increased capacity” added at Longbarrow Crossroads.

A decision over the remainder of the A344 and other byways will be decided by Wiltshire Council.

“This is an important contribution to improve the setting of the monument and ensure its preservation as an iconic World Heritage Site,” said Mr Penning.

LINK: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-15540031

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