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Stonehenge Visitor Centre funding cut welcomed

The Stonehenge Alliance has welcomed the announcement of withdrawal of £10M Treasury funding for new Stonehenge visitor facilities.

It said the scheme and associated road works were not compatible with the UK government’s commitment, under the Unesco World Heritage Convention, to properly protect the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge and its surrounding archaeological landscape.

The alliance warned that if alternative funding to cover the £10M shortfall is sought it hoped that English Heritage would “seriously consider a more sustainable scheme, at lower environmental and financial cost”.

The campaigner added that such a scheme could include closing the “dangerous” A344/A304 junction and greening of the A344 thence to the henge and implementing green travel plans might be implemented. It claimed that such improvements could be undertaken at a fraction of the estimated £25M cost of the current scheme.

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