Partners sought at Stonehenge

English Heritage has denied that its Stonehenge visitors centre plans are to be shelved, and confirms it will be seeking development partners in the near future.

It had been assumed a new management plan, which proposes returning the land at the site to open chalk downland grazing and diverting nearby traffic, would jeopardise the construction of a visitor centre.

But a spokeswoman for English Heritage, which owns the site, says it is proceeding with plans for the centre outside the World Heritage site boundary and will make an announcement soon.

The Tussauds Group’s internal design team has been linked in the past to the visitor centre. It evaluated plans after being appointed to design, build, finance and operate it (DW 13 June 1997), but EH’s Millennium funding bid was turned down. A Tussauds spokeswoman said the group has not been involved with the site for the past two years.

The Government has derided Stonehenge’s visitor facilities as “a national disgrace”.

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