Changes to Stonehenge free visitor pass

Changes to Stonehenge free visitor pass

Changes to Stonehenge free visitor pass

First published in News by , Reporter

RECENT changes to the way that the Stonehenge gives out free visitor passes to people living in and around Amesbury have left some local residents upset.

It comes after a change to the rule that previously allowed residents and family access to Stonehenge but now limits them solely to one adult and three children.

This could mean some single parent families, or residents with family who do not live in the area paying up to £13.90 per person.

People who live in the Amesbury area have been entitled to free access to the Stonehenge ever since 1921 when a deal was struck between Amesbury Parish Council and the government.

The resolution passed by Amesbury Parish Council on April 12, 1921 stated: “The Council relinquishes all claims on the right of way now enclosed, on condition that all householders and their families, (or all inhabitants) of the parishes, comprising the Rural District of Amesbury, and the householders and their families (or inhabitants) of the Parish of Netheravon, be granted free admission to Stonehenge at all times.”

Local resident Colin Watson was upset when he found out the news following a recent trip to Amesbury Library to pick up his new visitor card so that his daughter’s family, who are not from the area, could visit.

He said: “I think that it is absolutely outrageous that English Heritage has changed this policy via the back door.

“For years people have managed to visit the Stonehenge free of charge and I think what they have done is against the agreement that was laid out when Sir Cecil Chubb gave the land to the nation.”

English Heritage said that they updated the pass to make it more in line with other visitor passes that they produce.

A spokesperson said: “With the introduction of our advanced ticketing system we felt it was important to provide more information to people wanting to visit Stonehenge when demand was so high.

“We refreshed the application criteria to ensure it was available to all genuine local residents. 

“By doing this we believe we have increased and extended access because every adult can now bring children with them.  

“Take up of local resident passes has increased significantly this year and we are delighted to have seen a surge in people from the local area visiting Stonehenge and the new visitor centre.”

Visitor passes to the Stonehenge are available at Amesbury library, on production of two forms of identification confirming eligibility.

They are available to 30,000 residents living in the parishes of Amesbury, Bulford, Figheldean, Durrington, Durnford, Woodford, Winterbourne Stoke, Shrewton, Orcheston, Tilshead, Winterbourne, Idmiston, Allington, Newton Toney, Netheravon, Milston, Wilsford-cum-Lake and Cholderton.

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5:15pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Old Salisbury Boy says...

This needs a legal challenge. It was a condition of the sale of Stonehenge to the nation that local residents would continue to get free access. English Heritage are on very sahky ground with this one.
This needs a legal challenge. It was a condition of the sale of Stonehenge to the nation that local residents would continue to get free access. English Heritage are on very sahky ground with this one. Old Salisbury Boy
  • Score: 29

10:45am Mon 1 Sep 14

copenhagen says...

Colin Watson wishes to use his visitor card to allow daughter's family to visit Stonehenge although they are not residents of area. Surely this makes a mockery of the free pass system if anyone can use it regardless of being local?
Colin Watson wishes to use his visitor card to allow daughter's family to visit Stonehenge although they are not residents of area. Surely this makes a mockery of the free pass system if anyone can use it regardless of being local? copenhagen
  • Score: 11

12:17pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Old Salisbury Boy says...

The resolution passed by Amesbury Parish Council on April 12, 1921 stated: “The Council relinquishes all claims on the right of way now enclosed, on condition that all householders and their families, (or all inhabitants) of the parishes, comprising the Rural District of Amesbury, and the householders and their families (or inhabitants) of the Parish of Netheravon, be granted free admission to Stonehenge at all times.”

Wake up Amesbury Parish Council! You are once again being treated as a non-entity!
The resolution passed by Amesbury Parish Council on April 12, 1921 stated: “The Council relinquishes all claims on the right of way now enclosed, on condition that all householders and their families, (or all inhabitants) of the parishes, comprising the Rural District of Amesbury, and the householders and their families (or inhabitants) of the Parish of Netheravon, be granted free admission to Stonehenge at all times.” Wake up Amesbury Parish Council! You are once again being treated as a non-entity! Old Salisbury Boy
  • Score: 19

4:37pm Mon 1 Sep 14

John Wigs says...

This is one step to far ! Old Salisbury boys quite correct. Amesbury Town Council has been involved directly with English Heritage for many years, the last time trying to decide just where the visitors centre should be!
Where they are now, was the first choice they turned down! It shows just how they are a law unto themselves. Instead of a benefit to us it has been nothing but a hinderance.
When this agreement was made it was the will of the owner that we in the area should receive full benefit of this site. To use a pun, it is written in a Tablet of STONE! This needs to be taken to Court
This is one step to far ! Old Salisbury boys quite correct. Amesbury Town Council has been involved directly with English Heritage for many years, the last time trying to decide just where the visitors centre should be! Where they are now, was the first choice they turned down! It shows just how they are a law unto themselves. Instead of a benefit to us it has been nothing but a hinderance. When this agreement was made it was the will of the owner that we in the area should receive full benefit of this site. To use a pun, it is written in a Tablet of STONE! This needs to be taken to Court John Wigs
  • Score: 17

6:46pm Mon 1 Sep 14

bj.stonehenge says...

What is it about English heritage, they are only good at upsetting people.
Give the stones back to the people as was the wish of Mr chubb so many years ago, if EH are incapable of being fair then get out of our affairs.
B Collins Durrington
What is it about English heritage, they are only good at upsetting people. Give the stones back to the people as was the wish of Mr chubb so many years ago, if EH are incapable of being fair then get out of our affairs. B Collins Durrington bj.stonehenge
  • Score: 17

6:58pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Lisa_Perry says...

What part of, "all householders AND THEIR FAMILIES be granted free admission to Stonehenge at all times" do English Heritage not understand? Amesbury Parish Council should consider legal action to defend their rights.
What part of, "all householders AND THEIR FAMILIES be granted free admission to Stonehenge at all times" do English Heritage not understand? Amesbury Parish Council should consider legal action to defend their rights. Lisa_Perry
  • Score: 8

10:17am Sat 6 Sep 14

Wiltshireresident65 says...

https://www.facebook
.com/Freestonehengen
ow/timeline

This is the page that seeks to explain the true history of events surrounding the theft of the landscape around Stonehenge and challenges the continued exploitation and manipulation of the truth by English Heritage.

This is the second Petition, the first Petition landing on David Cameron's desk in July 2014 with 4,900 signatures.
https://www.facebook .com/Freestonehengen ow/timeline This is the page that seeks to explain the true history of events surrounding the theft of the landscape around Stonehenge and challenges the continued exploitation and manipulation of the truth by English Heritage. This is the second Petition, the first Petition landing on David Cameron's desk in July 2014 with 4,900 signatures. Wiltshireresident65
  • Score: 3

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