Stonehenge Visitor Centre RIP. Again.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

The BBC have just reported that in addition to the dramatic cuts to public services, the Con Dem coalition have cut the government funding for the Stonehenge Visitor Centre Project. I imagine the project will now be cancelled as it is unlikely that English Heritage, Wiltshire Council, the Highways Agency or indeed anyone else will be able to stump up the twenty odd million needed.

A great shame, another opportunity missed. To be honest, like Mike Pitts, i thought I was dreaming when I saw the news; bad case of deja vue… Since I’ve been working in archaeology, I’ve worked on two major projects aimed at sorting out Stonehenge which have looked at many, many options and there were previous projects before that. Just think of all the time and money that has been spent to date on the various iterations of road routes, visitor centre plans and assessment/evaluation work, all of which has come to nothing.

Given the enormity of the national debt, surely funding for this project is a drop in the ocean. The Con Dems are truly scratching around down the back of the sofa for any coppers to be found. And what is most galling is that the bankers who caused all of this mess recieved such large bonuses again this year, out of money British tax-payers provided, they could probably club together and pay for a new visitor centre (if they had an ounce of social responsibility between them).