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Post number 25972Forum: Community Circle   Posted: Yesterday at 10:58   Subject: Rollrights, UK
Rollright Stones road widening proposal criticised
12 November 2019

The chairman of the Rollright Trust said widening the road would "trash" a "key landmark" (photo: Rob Farrow)

A proposal to widen a road near the Rollright Stones has been criticised by a conservation charity.

The suggestion was raised at an Oxfordshire County Council meeting discussing the large number of HGVs driving through nearby Chipping Norton.

Transport cabinet member Yvonne Constance said councillor Mike Tysoe's proposal to divert traffic past the ancient site was "doable".

But the chairman of the Rollright Trust said it would "trash" a "key landmark".

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Tysoe said: "Would our Neolithic ancestors mind too much if we save future generations?

"I don't think it will basically damage the site. I've been told it probably won't or there are ways of ensuring that any damage doesn't happen."

'Flippant remark'
George Lambrick, chairman of the Rollright Trust, said such a scheme would be "bonkers".

It would affect the area's tranquillity and cause safety issues for visitors, including schoolchildren, he said.

He added: "Mr Tysoe's flippant remark that 'our Neolithic ancestors would understand' shows he entirely fails to understand, or chooses to ignore, the importance of the Stones nationally, what they mean to people today, or the work of the Rollright Trust looking after them for the benefit of the public."

He said Ms Constance was "shooting from the hip to endorse the idea instead of checking details of heritage and landscape constraints".

Oxfordshire County Council said it was investigating the "most effective ways to improve air quality" in Chipping Norton.

It added: "We have to ensure that any measures we take to remedy matters in Chipping Norton can be funded and actually result in an improvement, and also don't create new problems elsewhere."

The Rollright Stones, which lie within 10m of the road, are believed to have been built over 4,000 years ago, in the Neolithic and Bronze Ages.
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  Topic: Rollrights, UK
Morgana
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Post number 25975Forum: Community Circle   Posted: Yesterday at 11:35   Subject: Rollrights, UK
RESPONSES, further comments:

George Lambrick, chairman of the Rollright Trust, said such a scheme would be "bonkers".
It would affect the area's tranquillity and cause safety issues for visitors, including schoolchildren, he said.
He added: "Mr Tysoe's flippant remark that 'our Neolithic ancestors would understand' shows he entirely fails to understand, or chooses to ignore, the importance of the Stones nationally, what they mean to people today, or the work of the Rollright Trust looking after them for the benefit of the public."
He said Ms Constance [Oxfordshire County Council Transport Cabinet member] was "shooting from the hip to endorse the idea instead of checking details of heritage and landscape constraints".

Julia Phillips:
Whilst it is understandable that Oxfordshire County Council wishes to reduce the number of HGVs in Chipping Norton to improve air quality, the proposal is totally flawed.
Re-directing heavy traffic along the narrow “Old Trackway” between the A44 and A3400 is impractical in many ways. Firstly, the lay-byes and road are managed by Warwickshire County Council, not Oxfordshire County Council, as the Trackway lies along the county boundary, with part of the Rollright site in Oxfordshire and part in Warwickshire.
The Banbury By-Pass (M40) was built several years ago to divert traffic from the A3400, so approving a scheme to put it back there via the Old Trackway is unlikely to gain any local support.
The King’s Men stone circle stands a mere 10 metres from the Old Trackway. The road is not nearly wide enough to allow HGVs and widening the road – even if Warwickshire County Council approved – would require approval from the Rollright Trust. Danger to site visitors would be extreme as they must walk from their cars and cross the road to get to different parts of the site.
I imagine English Heritage, which has the responsibility to safeguard England’s historical sites, would have something to say about the proposal too.
This isn’t the first time this proposal has been suggested, but I really hope it’s the last.
 
 
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