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North Wiltshire MP James Gray calls for Stonehenge to be protected from shadow of barracks

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 18, 2014

The view from Stonehenge is at risk from an Army barracks proposed to house troops returning from Germany

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New barracks for troops returning from Germany should not be allowed to block the rising sun from casting light on Stonehenge at the summer equinox, a Conservative MP has said.

Accommodation for more than 4,000 troops due to be based at Larkhill is currently subject to consultation.

North Wiltshire MP James Gray urged Defence Secretary Philip Hammond to step in and make sure the ancient stone circle would be protected.

Mr Gray said: “Given that Wiltshire loves the Army and will welcome the 4,000 soldiers due to return there from Germany shortly, they also love Stonehenge and the mysterious mists swirling, the mysteries that surround the stones.

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“Will you look carefully into reports that houses which have been built to house these 4,000 soldiers will in fact be built to block off the rising sun on the summer equinox, and, if so, will you make sure it doesn’t happen?”

Mr Hammond said: “You are right to highlight the importance of preserving important sites like Stonehenge and of a careful approach to the design of any development that might impact upon them.

“I too saw the press articles you refer to and I’m happy to reassure you that although Larkhill is an important element of our strategy for accommodating returning troops from Germany... no decision has been taken about the location of additional service accommodation.

“There is a public consultation about to close and organisations like English Heritage have expressed the issues you have raised today very clearly and we will make a decision in due course.”

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  • petefrancis  |  March 18 2014, 1:35PM

    @zinboya - the MP isn't saying the armed forces shouldn't get houses, he's saying they should get some built somewhere. He's saying that the armed forces shouldn't get houses that would be a blot on a unique piece of UK landscape and history. And he didn't even mention asylum seekers. You paranoid, bro?

  • zinboya  |  March 18 2014, 10:33AM

    SO, North Wiltshire MP James Gray, its ok for all the un-wanted immigrants and asylum seekers to be given houses to live in, but not are armed forces,where do you expect them to live, O silly me the forces have plenty of TENTS. In any case this should have been sorted out months ago.

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