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Wiltshire Tories' Stonehenge byways bungle

December 22, 2018 9:29 AM

The Local Government Association and the BBC report that a High Court judge has overturned Wiltshire Council's ban on motor vehicles using byways around Stonehenge.

The Trail Riders Fellowship had challenged the ban, which the council imposed in June.

Anyone who has ever been involved in a WC 'consultation' will appreciate the irony of the judge's reasoning: Mr Justice Swift found that the council had failed to comply with a legal requirement to consult the Freight Transport Association and the Road Haulage Association, and had failed properly to consult with Wiltshire Police.

The judge said that if the proper procedures were followed, there was no reason the council could not re-impose the ban.

However since Wiltshire's Conservative administration is incapable of holding a meaningful consultation this is unlikely to happen.

BBC News

Wiltshire Council's hyper-efficient communications department has not issued a press release.