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Stonehenge traffic dispute rumbles on
2:05pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Letters
ENGLISH Heritage asked for a meeting with STAG (Stonehenge Traffic Action Group) with the good intention that we might come to a mutual understanding of our respective concerns, and we are sorry that Mrs Hassett felt this was not achieved (Postbag, October 17).
We understand people’s frustrations.
The reality is that the A303 has long been a very busy road, even before the A344 was closed. The majority of traffic congestion on the A303 is caused by the year on year increase of cars using the road and by the bottleneck where the dual carriageway becomes a single carriageway near Stonehenge.
We entirely agree that something needs to be done about the A303, but tackling this long-standing, fundamental issue of the capacity of the road is the responsibility of the Department for Transport.
We are as frustrated with the situation as STAG since, together with the National Trust, we campaigned for years for improvements to the A303 which would solve traffic problems and drastically improve the environment of Stonehenge in one stroke.
The closure of the A344 and its impact on the A303 and nearby villages were considered at a public inquiry and English Heritage was granted permission to close the road on the basis of an independent inspector’s recommendation.
The Highways Agency designed and implemented the works to the Longbarrow roundabout and I know they are looking into additional signage to improve traffic flow there.
We know the situation is not satisfactory but we hope we can continue to have an open dialogue with STAG.
LORAINE KNOWLES, Stonehenge Director English Heritage
AS a true Wiltshire moonraker, I have to hand it to English Heritage for the work carried out near Stonehenge.
Not only have they removed the memorial to two airmen killed on Salisbury Plain, part of the aviation history of the county, but had it resited half a mile away from the memorial site, and situated among ancient burial grounds.
As well as this, they have caused great disturbance to the surrounding villages while adding to the problems on the adjacent A303, already a bottleneck.
Further, a barn-like building, known as the visitor centre, has been erected at the site of the aforementioned memorial.
Not eye-catching to say the least, or should I say the most.
Obviously it was not desirable to have such a hideous structure erected near the stones.
The question still remains when do they propose to have the ‘scaffolding’ removed.
DAVID BROWN, Laverstock
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