Stonehenge overhaul begins


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Stonehenge, dubbed a "national disgrace", is set for an overhaul 30 years after English Heritage first proposed tackling the "clutter" surrounding the iconic stones.

Work started yesterday on the £27m transformation project to return the Stonehenge site to a "more tranquil setting". The plans include removing the existing car park, visitor centre and fencing, restoring the landscape and shutting down the road that runs past it.

Simon Thurley, chief executive of English Heritage, said: "Though the stones themselves have never failed to awe visitors, their setting has been a national embarrassment and disgrace."