According to the UN, the British government’s plans for the road tunnel jeopardize the prehistoric monument.
UN the scientific, cultural and educational organization Unesco intends to add Britain’s prehistoric stone circle to Stonehenge’s endangered World Heritage Site. This could mean removing a thousand-year-old monument from the list of World Heritage Sites. The newspaper tells about it The Guardian.
According to UNESCO, the Stonehenge area is under threat because of Britain’s road tunnel plan. The Department of Transport has approved the alignment of the new A303 tunnel in the Stonehenge area near Salisbury, despite opposition from local conservation forces. The policy is currently before the Supreme Court.
Minister of Transport Grant Shappsin according to the plan approved by the Highway, the highway would run in two lanes in the Stonehenge area in a tunnel measuring 3.3 kilometers. For reasons of economy, the tunnel is to be constructed as a concrete tunnel poured into an open pit, which will be covered with earth at the end of the work. A total of one kilometer of road canyon would join the tunnel.
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has proposed the construction of a longer tunnel deeper into the earth’s crust as tunnel excavation or drilling.
Unesco announced on Wednesday deleted From the World Heritage Site of the City of Liverpool due to new construction. If Stonehenge loses its World Heritage status, Britain will become the first state to lose two heritage sites on the UNESCO list.
“The world is watching how we treat our world heritage,” the president of the conservation organization Save Britain’s Heritage Henrietta Billings commented on The Guardian. “Britain has had a great reputation as a protector, and our real concern is that we are walking like sleepwalkers towards the loss of that reputation.”
More than a thousand sites from around the world have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites since the 1970s. In Finland, Vanha Rauma and Suomenlinna were the first to appear on the list in the 1990s. Stonehenge was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1986.
Prior to Liverpool, two items have been removed from the list. The Oman Spear Antelope Conservation Area lost its status in 2007 when rulers captured 90 percent of the area for other purposes. Dresden, Germany, lost its position two years later when a new bridge was seen as ruining the landscape of the Elbe river valley.