In this edition:
- Salisbury Plain Heritage Centre Community Consultation
- Showcase Shrewton
- A303 announcements
Salisbury Plain Heritage Centre Community Consultation
“The Royal Artillery Museum is relocating from London to Larkhill with the new centre expected to open in 2020. The Museum’s ambition is to create a sustainable new home to share the heritage of Salisbury Plain and to display their nationally important collection.
The Salisbury Plain Heritage Centre will include:
Indoor and outdoor galleries and display areas, temporary exhibitions and spaces for demonstrations, activities and education groups.
A restaurant with panoramic views, shop, café, children’s play area, bandstand and garden will be accessible without paying for entry.”
The Heritage Centre will be sure to attract thousands of visitors to Larkhill.
On Friday 11th March from 3pm to 9.30pm at Shrewton Methodist Church there will be an exhibition organised by the Artillery Museum and where you will have the opportunity to express your views on the plans for the Heritage Centre.
This exciting event will be taking place on Thursday April 14th at Shrewton School starting at 7pm.
Over 50 local organisations and business will be there to introduce themselves to you. A great opportunity for you to find out more about them.
There will be no formal presentations just the chance to wander around the tables and see what is available within Shrewton.
Hope to see you there.
On Friday 19th February, David Hassett as one of a number of Stakeholders with an interest in the A303 in the Stonehenge locality, attended a Briefing Meeting ahead of the Open Public Exhibition by Highways England, at Antrobus House, Amesbury.
The individual elements of the Scheme to “Create an Expressway to the South West”, i.e. Amesbury to Berwick Down, Sparkford to Ilchester, and the A358 Taunton to Southfields (the M5 link), were presented, with details of the various processes and their timescales leading to the expected construction start dates.
For the Stonehenge/Winterbourne Stoke bypass the construction start date is currently seen as April 2020.
The plan for the Stonehenge section (where the tunnel is one of the options) can be summarised thus:
- Appoint Design Consultant – See below
- Early 2017 – Public consultation
- Mid 2017 – preferred route selected (a tunnel was never set in stone!!)
- Late 2017 – Pre application consultation
- Mid 2018 – Development consent order acceptance, register of interested party by planning
- Late 2018 – Pre Examination, submit representation by planning and development consent examination
- Throughout 2019 – Post Examination, recommendation to Secretary of State > Decision by Secretary of State > Appeal deadline.
- April 2020 – work commencement!!
Design Consultant Appointed
Highways England have announced that a design consultant has been appointed to develop a preferred option to improve the A303 between Amesbury and Berwick Down.
As part of the £15 billion five-year Road Investment Strategy the government has pledged to improve this section of the A303, including a tunnel near Stonehenge and a bypass of the village of Winterbourne Stoke.
The package of work with an estimated value of £17.5m has been awarded to Atkins/Arup joint venture to develop options to take to public consultation [in early 2017] and ultimately a preferred route announcement. Subject to statutory procedures, the proposed scheme is on target for construction work to start by April 2020.
Project Manager, Andrew Alcorn, leading the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down scheme, said:
‘This award takes us another step closer to our commitment to deliver the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down Improvement Scheme.
‘Now we have Atkins/Arup on-board to help with developing options for the scheme and pre-construction planning, we will be able to take the next step towards making this scheme a reality.’