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National Trust prepares for Stonehenge inquiry
POSTED 17 Nov 2003 . BY
A pre-inquiry discussion took place on 17 November to decide which issues should be discussed at the public inquiry into the planned development at Stonehenge.

In anticipation, the National Trust had published its Statement of Case explaining why the Trust will pursue objections to the proposed scheme, particularly highlighting the site's cultural and historical significance.

The Trust statement said: “Stonehenge’s uniqueness is recognised by its World Heritage Site status."

"We now have the chance to reverse the damage caused to this site and to ensure its continued significance into the future."

“The National Trust, with English Heritage and the Highways Agency, wants to transform the Stonehenge landscape by removing the visual intrusion, noise and pollution caused by the A303 and A344. We also want to reconnect the stone circle with the rich historic landscape that surrounds it and provide new improved visitor facilities.”

However, Martyn Heighton, the Trust’s territory director west, added: “The proposed scheme for a 2.1km tunnel beneath Stonehenge could bring substantial benefits, but the Trust is not persuaded enough is being done to conserve and enhance the spirit of place, landscape and archaeological interest of Stonehenge.

“A tunnel longer than 2.1km needs to be considered if the integrity of this unparalleled site is to be secured.”

The public inquiry will begin on 17 February 2004. Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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National Trust prepares for Stonehenge inquiry
POSTED 17 Nov 2003 . BY
A pre-inquiry discussion took place on 17 November to decide which issues should be discussed at the public inquiry into the planned development at Stonehenge.

In anticipation, the National Trust had published its Statement of Case explaining why the Trust will pursue objections to the proposed scheme, particularly highlighting the site's cultural and historical significance.

The Trust statement said: “Stonehenge’s uniqueness is recognised by its World Heritage Site status."

"We now have the chance to reverse the damage caused to this site and to ensure its continued significance into the future."

“The National Trust, with English Heritage and the Highways Agency, wants to transform the Stonehenge landscape by removing the visual intrusion, noise and pollution caused by the A303 and A344. We also want to reconnect the stone circle with the rich historic landscape that surrounds it and provide new improved visitor facilities.”

However, Martyn Heighton, the Trust’s territory director west, added: “The proposed scheme for a 2.1km tunnel beneath Stonehenge could bring substantial benefits, but the Trust is not persuaded enough is being done to conserve and enhance the spirit of place, landscape and archaeological interest of Stonehenge.

“A tunnel longer than 2.1km needs to be considered if the integrity of this unparalleled site is to be secured.”

The public inquiry will begin on 17 February 2004. Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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