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Stonehenge: Public Meeting to Oppose New Road Construction – March 8th, 2018

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Stonehenge. Photo taken by Simon Wakefield [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons. Cropped.

This Thursday, a public consultation will be held at the Society of Antiquaries in Piccadilly, London, England, to provide an opportunity for visitors to view the proposed plans for the expansion of the existing A303 road that runs next to Stonehenge.

The President and Chairman for The Stonehenge Alliance, (a network of archaeologists and conservation groups) Tom Holland and Chairman George McDonic MBE will be present at the consultation.

They invite anyone who is available to join them at 1pm for the press and photo shoot happening at this time to help oppose these plans which are thought by researchers and archaeologists to be a threat to Stonehenge and the surrounding ancient sites in the area.

The Stonehenge Alliance describe their thoughts on the upcoming construction:

As expected it will plough through the chalk landscape of Stonehenge World Heritage Site. The mock ups show prettily-designed “green” coverings over concrete tunnel entrances and bridges, and a “disappearing road”.

The plans however include a flyover, double interchange, slip roads and 40ft-deep cuttings which will profoundly scar and deform this iconic ancient landscape forever.

The future of the World Heritage status may be in jeopardy. This loss would not only include Stonehenge but Avebury, the other half of the same World Heritage Site, as well.

We are in danger of sleep walking into an international scandal if we allow this disastrous scheme to go ahead.1

Matt Sibson of Ancient Architects produced this video describing the impact of Highways England’s plan to expand the A303:

There will be a series of public consultations on the proposed construction next to Stonehenge which conclude on April 6th.

The Stonehenge Alliance has provided tips for filling out a questionnaire directly to Highways England to express any concerns on the proposed road expansion and tunnel as well as a petition, with the hopes of stopping this construction to prevent any harm coming to this rich ancient landscape.

Please note: this event is not run by The Spiritual Sun. For information on the event please see the above links.


  1. “A303 Consultation: Take action!” Change.org. Accessed March 08, 2018. https://www.change.org/p/save-stonehenge-world-heritage-site-to-the-secretary-of-state-for-transport-secretary-of-state-for-culture-media-sport-uk-government-save-stonehenge-world-heritage-site/u/22470481

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Vida Norris

Vida Norris is a writer and researcher who contributes to the SpiritualSun.com. With a background in permaculture design and landscaping, Vida has a deep interest in the ancient civilizations who practiced the Religion of the Sun and how they lived sustainably and with seemingly higher consciousness and interest in spirituality. She explores ancient sacred sites and pores over ancient texts, with the hope of bringing back the relevance of the Religion of the Sun to those interested in spirituality today.

29 Comments

    • That’s very good news Ella. Thanks for passing it on. I also hope this will be a positive sign that the issue is being seriously considered.

  • Thanks for highlighting this Layla.

    Having some personal family Druidic links, this has always been a very special, sacred and mysterious place to me.

    How could this even be considered? This site has stood for many thousands of years and the extent and significance of its surrounding area has only been discovered in recent years. What else has not yet been uncovered – perhaps even in the path of the proposed underground road?

    I can’t even imagine what this could lead to if Stonehenge loses its UNESCO World Heritage Status – perhaps McDonalds will build next door?

    It’s so sad that so much of humanity today has no respect for our ancestors and the sacredness of places like this. Does absolutely everything have to be about money?

    At least there are people who do care and are trying to protect this amazing place and the lesser known new discoveries nearby.

  • Sometimes, you have to go there and speak with people and see with your own eyes the limit of madness of this world. It seems that there are people who do not care even for their historical culture.

    I understand that the majority of people do not care about the spiritual subject of a monument like Stonehenge, but as a monument of a British and global culture to have at least a respect.

    Many groups of people doing their best and local authorities as well.
    Praying for the best solutions because there are other solutions too…

  • Thanks Vida for the alert.

    I noticed how Matt in the video talks about destruction of other ancient sites and monuments in other countries which I’ve also seen being shown on the media.

    It’s like the pendulum has almost swung complete opposite from reverence of spirituality and ancient monuments to the actual destruction of these things.

    I’m thankful for their efforts and we all can take part and protect our ancient sites, as it is a concerning matter, as one thing leads to another and the potential of this highway option to erode the value of these sites seems very real to me. It could even have a domino affect around the world towards ancient sites, and as their significance is reduced to monetary value then we could see that their monetary value would be compared to the monetary value of ‘more jobs’. As people grow in poverty the value of jobs and the need for cheap products is going to override the value of these sites, possibly a very similar scenario to what’s happened to the protection of the environment could be ahead.

  • Thanks for sharing this video Vida! It is an excellent summary of the issue and also of the Stonehenge landscape. I hope to have the chance one day to explore the area myself.

    A few years ago I had the fortune of driving along the current road past Stonehenge. It is one of my most memorable commutes, but I could not believe how close the current road is to the monument. I definitely think it is worth changing, although the current construction plans are going about it in the wrong way.

    What is not mentioned in the video is that the current road allows people to experience Stonehenge any time of the day. Tickets are mostly purchased for working hours (although with quite a bit of effort it is possible to get them outside of working hours too). The first time I drove past Stonehenge was at sunrise. It was a very memorable visit and stayed with me for days. The second time I visited was around 10am. At this time there were already crowds of people and it felt much more of a tourist place.

  • Gee, this video is at the same time fascinating, surprising and depressing!

    What a mess. Is it any wonder that people no longer believe in their ‘authorities’. How can they possibly trust their judgement, especially when experts are advising against these kinds of progress projects?

    I certainly hope that the people stand up for this cause so they can stop this most certain disaster waiting to happen.

    BTW, it is so interesting to see so many different additional sites in the area, not to mention that body of water close by.

    Thanks so much for sharing this, Vida, it’s really important to get the word out there.

    • Yes, a mess indeed!

      Without proper consultation and design, this tunnel project sounds like a disaster in the making!

      Thanks for sharing Vida!

  • The video was really informative, thanks for sharing that Vida. It’s really shocking that this issue has progressed this far, and it looks like without all the necessary due diligence of checking the long term ramifications.

    When you see those radar images of all the structures they’ve recently discovered in the wider landscape surrounding Stonehenge it makes absolutely no sense to undertake a construction project that could jeopardize the water table, special ecosystems, or disrupt potential structures and artefacts yet to be discovered.

    I thought the points the video brought up about practical alternatives were very good — it’s clear that there are options and that having the tunnel built in that exact spot and level isn’t the only way the road congestion can be taken care of. Really hope that an alternative solution can be seriously considered before they go ahead with this.

  • Very informative video. I couldn’t agree more that the motivations to destroy the sacred landscape is centred around tourism and profit rather than the long-term conservation, research or exploration of the site.

    Populated areas in London have issues with congestion, not Stonehenge. Perhaps on the solstices, they could go with extra parking, but from the few trips I have gone either past the site or visiting the site, I did not experience any congestion.

    Like many approaches to business: where there is no profit, there is no business. (and with that, either funding cuts are imposed, or simply money is lacking to care for what only a few deem important).

    And like the video mentioned, if tourism was really of interest, they could provide more bus programs from places like London to the site and surrounding area, giving greater opportunities for tourists and locals to travel. I am sure many ideas and options could be taken seriously to explore ways that are of public interest while safeguarding the land.

    Another thing that comes to mind is when I was in Greece, the entire country seemed to be suffering from a financial crisis, however, they were building bridges and highways in places that really seemed unnecessarily expensive (and untimely) (from an outsider’s perspective). For instance, surrounding those impressive high-tech construction sites were poor to medium villages. I remember at the time how puzzling it was, and thinking that the choice of funding didn’t really make much sense. I then learned these construction projects were coming from another country, whose investments and loans would later be repaid. I therefore wonder if the highway plan in Stonehenge could similarly be coming from another country entirely, tempting the business owners with investment and business prosperity, while ultimately indebting them in the long-run.

    Hoping the outcome of this public meeting gets as much exposure as possible.

    • I agree Olga with your point about tourism. I recall the difficulty I encountered when I was trying to make arrangements to visit Stonehenge through public transport from London. I had to resort to using a tour company instead.

      I hope enough noise and attention is raised to force the decision makers to change their minds about this proposal and find a better, more sustainable solution.

  • I was surprised to see just how many other sacred sites there are around Stonehenge! Hopefully, all of them will be protected from this project!

  • I don’t want to believe that UK will allow these stones to be moved from their place or even anything worst. It doesn’t fit into my mind to ruin a so famous heritage from any materialistic point of view. It might make sense a bit in some other countries but not in UK.
    But as the video says the problems which this project will cause and the possibility are very big to ruin the whole area.
    I hope/wish there are enough people and organizations supporting the action against it.

    Thank you Vida for the update, I wouldn’t know other way.

  • Very confusing to see people do detrimental things just to make more money. I hope to see agreeable solutions and alternatives come up in the end.
    Thank you Vida .

  • This video highlights some very important points to stand against these proposed plans.
    Hopefully many will back the experts who are working hard to save this amazing and magical world heritage site.

    Great work Vida, thanks for sharing.

  • Good – hopefully many people turn up and show they care about the preservation of this site.

    There must be some way of solving the demands of commuters without damaging a unique sacred landscape that has a cultural value beyond any material price.

    I just read of another ancient archaeological site in Turkey being slowly destroyed as it is turned into a quarry. It seems unthinkable that societies could be so callous to the damage or destruction of these links with the past.

  • I hope an amicable solution can be found that tackles the road issue but that still preserves the site. I feel like it would also be a great shame if Stonehenge, one of the ancient world’s most iconic sites and a gathering place for the celebration of the religion of the sun for many thousands of years, and the many surrounding sites become in any way damaged by unforeseen landscape alteration issues (or perhaps by potentially hasty or careless assessment and planning) as happened with other ancient sites around the world.

    • I second that. Besides the terrible eyesore, the real concern of course as you mentioned would be lasting damage to the site itself.

      Thanks for bringing up this update to the situation here Vida.

  • Thanks for sharing this information Vida. It’s important to preserve this sacred and historic site, which ranks alongside the Great Pyramids of Egypt as one of the most well-known ancient landmarks.

    I just signed the petition and hope that a united voice can bring about change.

  • Good to see there’s some organized resistance happening, hopefully it will bring more people’s attention to the issue. The video is very informative – I can see that I would easily have been persuaded before that a tunnel is a good idea, but on hearing the wider argument, and especially regards the unforeseen changes in the water table, am now sure a better solution should be found.

    Thanks Vida.

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