Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites
Factors affecting the property in 2000*
- Ground transport infrastructure
- Interpretative and visitation facilities
- Management systems/ management plan
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
- Need for information on the management
- Site Museum project
- Upgrading of the A303 trunk road project
International Assistance: requests for the property until 2000
Total amount approved : 0 USD
Missions to the property until 2000**
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 2000
Summary of previous deliberations:Twenty-second session of the Bureau - paragraph V.70.
New Information: A Management Plan for the Stonehenge World Heritage site, prepared under the direction of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site Management Group (comprising national and local organizations) and chaired by an English Heritage Commissioner was received. This management plan emphasizes that all relevant bodies recognise the importance of the World Heritage site inscription and are committed to maintaining a co-ordinated approach to the site’s management. The plan identifies all the constituent parts of the site, the responsible bodies, the protective mechanisms and administrative arrangements in place and the key issues which need to be addressed.
Furthermore, The Department for Culture, Media and Sport provided a detailed response to letters of concern that had been received at the Secretariat with regard to the planning for the site, particularly the solution proposed for the A303 road (cut-and-cover tunnel of two kilometers long).
Both the Management Plan and the above-mentioned response have been transmitted to ICOMOS for review and advice.
The Bureau may wish to examine information that will be provided at the time of its session and take the appropriate decision thereupon.
Summary of the interventions
Decisions adopted by the Committee in 2000
24 BUR IV.B.76
Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites (United Kingdom)
The Secretariat informed the Bureau that it had received a Management Plan for the Stonehenge World Heritage site, prepared under the direction of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site Management Planning Group (comprising national and local organizations) and chaired by an English Heritage Commissioner. ICOMOS congratulated the Government of the United Kingdom for this management plan for what is a very complex site. It recommended that careful evaluation and assessment be undertaken in each stage of the process of implementation. The Delegate of Hungary commended the high quality of the plan and indicated that Hungary was already using this plan as a model.
The Bureau congratulated the Government of the United Kingdom for the preparation of this high-quality management plan and took note of the intention of the Government to follow the recommendation made by ICOMOS.
The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).