Monday, April 30, 2007

Green Solstice At Avebury?

I have just read that the Kennet District Council, who manage the village of Avebury and its stone circle, have served an enforcement notice on the National Trust of England to not allow its Avebury visitor car park as an overnight site for campervans, motorhomes or caravans, especially during the nights of the Summer Solstice.


The National Trust does support the use of the circle for ceremonies but Avebury is in an area of very conservative tolerance that calls upon local elected administrations to protect them from inconveniences. It is unfortunate that a minority of past campers have not left the site as tidy as they found it along with disrespectful language towards local people rather than offer courteous exchange.  

Part of the enforcement is to be the installation of a height barrier that will prevent all high-sided vehicles from entering the car park. Unfortunately, such a barrier would also prevent the daytime visits of minibus tours, at any time of the year, as there is just no other car parking option in the village.


The English National Trust are advising owners of high sided vehicles to park elsewhere and enter Avebury by public transport until they can negotiate car parking and camping solutions with the local council.


However, I read of one one person who intends to arrive at Summer Solstice on his bicycle and roll up groundsheet. I wonder how many others will follow his example, an example that is still using conveniences that were not available to the earliest of summer sunrise visitors to Avebury?


 

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