Why bury Herefordshire's Stonehenge under concrete?

This is Herefordshire Council's proposal for Hereford's Stonehenge, a 4000 year old monument of national and international significance, discovered on the line of the Rotherwas Relief Road and named the 'Rotherwas Ribbon'. It must be protected and the road building stopped.

A Herefordshire Councillor is leading a surge of anger against Herefordshire Council both locally and nationally for the secretive way in which it has made a decision to concrete over the now famous 'Rotherwas Ribbon' – something the council's own archaeologist has described as having international significance. Other Councillors (including our Ward Councillor, Mark Hubbard) are now stepping forward to speak out against their own Cabinet and demand that the road is stopped.

Green Councillor Gerald Dawe, whose ward includes the now world-famous 'Rotherwas Ribbon', has described the proposal to concrete over this hugely significant find as “cultural vandalism of the highest order. The first I knew about this decision was on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, yet I am the ward councillor. Decision-making is again going on behind closed doors. A clique in the Council appear to have known about this find for a long time. Why are they excluding the Herefordshire public yet again?”

“It is appalling that democratically elected councillors and the general public have been kept in the dark. Allowing only 200 people to view it for a few minutes this weekend is completely inadequate. We need council leaders to involve the whole council and local people in coming up with a more imaginative solution than burying Hereford's Stonehenge under concrete."

Read the full details on our Council's highly questionable behaviour over at the comprehensive www.rotherwasribbon.com and also read comments from people all over the world (yes this discovery is that important) on the local BBC site here. UPDATE: sign the online petition asking the Prime Minister to Save the Rotherwas Ribbon here.

Posted: Fri - July 6, 2007 at 10:04 PM