Nigel Swift wrote:
> It was very obvious in the public inquiry about the A303 proposals that those promoting the scheme did not want to fully acknowledge the important interrelationships between monuments within the WHS. Indeed it seemed to me that they were trying quite hard to avoid admitting that there was any interrelationship..?
is it not very strange at a time when oil and gas seem to be running out
that the government are still entrenched in this view that there will be
more and more cars on the road. Even if you subscribe to the view that
the world is heating due to Manmade CO2 (and I don't as there's no
evidence - and temperatures are reducing this century) the inevitable
result of reducing fossil fuel burn would be to reduce the number of car
So why when it should be obvious to everyone that we are going to need
less and less roadways in the future are we still expanding the road
network rather than taking measures to cope with a less mobile society?
It really comes down to lobby pressure.
After viewing the workings of government for some time, my conclusion is
that government doesn't act rationally, instead they simply respond to
the biggest lobby group. Whilst it is all well and good talking about
"landscape archaeology", what really matters is the lobbying of
Ministers and the number of letters falling on MP's mats from their
So, I'm afraid, whether or not archaeological concerns are addressed in
the Stonehenge landscape is purely up to whether archaeologists are
prepared to actively lobby for their interests.