It follows the permanent closure last year of a section of the A344 that runs past the stones, due to pressure on the council from English Heritage. Traffic is now diverted via the A360 at Longbarrow roundabout.
A focal part of the current dispute is ‘Byway 12’, where an increased number of visitors have been parking since the closure of the A344. English Heritage said: ‘Not only does this represent a significant visual intrusion in the World Heritage Site but we are concerned that vehicles turning off and returning to the A303 constitute a traffic hazard on this busy road.’
That reasoning has been contested by senior pagan Arthur Pendragon, who claims that EH is motivated purely by ‘revenue protection’ and the wish to see those vehicles using EH’s paying carpark instead of the byway.