English Heritage and plans for Stonehenge
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Good News: this page seems to have had an effect!

Thanks to the effect of much campaigning and many letters sent through this page in 1996, the disastrous plans for Stonehenge have been dropped. However, an equivalently barbaric project is being carried out in America with regard to the traditional native Apache Indian peoples. http://www.wolflodge.org/urgentnews/apache1.htm has teh details.


Stonehenge

John Birchall writes to us to say "Independent p.3 on Friday (June 6) gave the new alternative plans for Stonehenge which involve Madame Tussauds paying for removal of modern accretions and grassing over of nearby road; new carpark; and in return Mdme Tussauds would get the right to run a commercial 'interpretation centre'. Access to the monument to be free of charge and unrestricted; the Independent billed it as a populist move motivated by the new government. I am sure your faxes were worthwhile - it is important for us to constantly remind quango's (English Heritage included) that they are under public scrutiny, even if unelected. I am writing to The Chairman of English Heritage to express support - this should also help to keep them up to the mark!

July 20 1996 GENERAL NEWS Stonehenge to be 163.65m theme park

STONEHENGE is to become a 163.65 million theme park using private investment and lottery cash. The plan includes a visitors' centre with a virtual reality tour, shops, restaurants and a monorail to the stones (Peter Foster writes).

For the first time, English Heritage, which is responsible for the monument, will use the Government's Private Finance Initiative under which business puts up part of the money. The centre, with 8,000 square metres of floor space and parking for 3,000 cars, is expected to attract 1.8 million visitors a year, nearly double the present number. Finances permitting, work should start next year and be completed by the end of the decade.

Opponents say that the plan will destroy Stonehenge's mystical appeal. Paul Sample, a Liberal Democrat Wiltshire county councillor, said: "This abhorrent commercialism is out of keeping."

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Click here if you want to write a letter of protest

to the UK Department of National Heritage and English Heritage. It will get printed on their fax machines: remember to give your snail mail address or fax number for reply - Please mark it re: STONEHENGE - and ask for a reply!


If it is a WEEKEND and you get an error message

click here to write a letter of protest to the UK Department of National Heritage and English Heritage. Mark it Re: PLEASE FORWARD - Re: STONEHENGE and I (David Pinnegar) will manually fax it to them - remember to give your snail mail address or fax number for reply - and don't forget to ask for a reply!

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