King Arthur Pendragon taking English Heritage to court

King Arthur Pendragon taking English Heritage to court

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 5:55am 9th January 2017. (Updated at 2:46pm 9th January 2017)

It's the first step of a legal action with the Salisbury Druid claiming his human rights are being breached at Stonehenge solstices.

Salisbury Druid King Arthur Pendragon has appeared in court today (Monday January 9th) and says it went 'exceedingly well'

He's claiming English Heritage is breaching his and other pagans human rights by charging for car parking at Stonehenge for solstice events.

King Arthur himself (pictured here) hasn't attended the last Summer and Winter Solstices at the stone circle after being turned away for refusing to pay to get his motorbike in.

He describes it as a 'pay to pray' policy that shouldn't be permitted.

English Heritage introduced the £15 parking charge in June 2016 to encourage more people to car share or travel by bus.

Druid Arthur Pendragon (Arthur Pendragon)
The protests ahead of the summer solstice in 2016 against the new parking charges were led by King Arthur and also covered in the ITV programme Parking Wars.

You can read more about the programme and the first steps to today's legal action on our news page at www.spirefm.co.uk/news

In a fresh statement from Pendragon he explains the reason behind the case:

"This treatment (to have to pay for parking) by English Heretics (sic) is in direct violation of human rights and that there is a right to worship at Stonehenge without unnecessary restriction or hindrance from English Heritage, who are merely managing it on our behalf."

RESULT:

The hearing at Salisbury's County Court today was held for King Arthur to apply for a full case to be go ahead at a later date.

The judge there agreed that English Heritage do have a case to answer and there will be a full day's hearing, expected to take place in Salisbury in late April or early May.

Druids and pagans gathered in robes at the Wilton Road courthouse to support King Arthur at the hearing.

REACTION: 

English Heritage has responded to the court case - in a statement, they've said: 

“This was a procedural hearing establishing the next steps and we look forward to presenting our full case at a later date. As legal proceedings are on-going it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

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