King Arthur's Stonehenge 'Parking Wars' to be shown on TV

Druid Arthur Pendragon (Arthur Pendragon)

5:55am 27th September 2016

The battle over parking charges at Stonehenge for Summer Solstice will be played out on TV tonight (Tuesday September 27th).

The cameras from ITV show Parking Wars have been following the ongoing issues between English Heritage, who introduced the fees this year, and druids, who say that disrupts their right to worship there.

King Arthur Pendragon, (pictured here) arguably the most high profile of the druids, tells us what we'll see in the programme:

"It features a pop up protest that we did stopping the coaches and the tourists from getting to Stonehenge, saying that we didn't think it was fair to pay £15 as pilgrims and I refused to pay it. That's what I told (English Heritage), I told the police and I told the Council - that I was not going to pay it because I considered it to be an illegal charge. It is my right to be there to celebrate the dawn under articles 9, 10, 11 and 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights."

We covered those protests back in May, when King Arthur and other protestors blocked the road up the stones - here's that story: www.spirefm.co.uk/news

The druids claim the £15 fee brought in for the first time this summer is a punishment for those who want to celebrate the solstices and equinoxes at the stone circle.

King Arthur tells us why he let the cameras go along to his protests at the site:

"It was very good that Parking Wars decided to follow it through and actually be there on Solstice night. You will see Wiltshire Police conspiriing and acting in concert with Wiltshire Council and English Heritage to make sure I paid. I couldn't get in, eventually I had to go home which meant I did not celebrate the Solstice. And for that, I intend to take them to court."

The Parking Wars programme is being shown tonight on ITV at 8.00pm.

Stonehenge May 2013

Stonehenge - the battle ground between King Arthur Pendragon, English Heritage, Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire Police

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Pendragon's also filed a legal claim against English Heritage, Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire Police, stating that the parking charges are a breach of human rights.

Wiltshire Police have said they'll challenge the action, but there's been no formal response to him yet from Wiltshire Council or English Heritage.

King Arthur says the charges meant he couldn't attend this year's event:

"They conspired between them to make it impossible for me to park anywhere else than in that car park that they were charging money for, because they applied for, or granted, or advised that all the other roads in and around Stonehenge and the byways that are open to all traffic, are closed that evening. It is there that I normally park and have done for 16 years. As far as I'm concerned, that is illegal."

RESPONSES:

Wiltshire Council have confirmed that they're aware of that legal action. A spokesperson said:

"We have received a claim, however it would be inappropriate to comment further."

English Heritage has also responded, with this statement:

"We can confirm that Mr Pendragon is proceeding against us and it would be inappropriate to comment while legal proceedings are on-going."

And Wiltshire Police has a similar reaction too:

"We have received a claim, and as proceedings are ongoing, it would be inappropriate for us to make any further comment at this time."

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