An autumnal shot of the Westbury White Horse, showing a broad view of the scenery surrounding the site. Visible are some of the hills at the northern fringes of Salisbury Plain
Source Wikimedia Commons. Image credit Jethrothompson
 
James Fielding, writing in The Express yesterday, reports on plans by Wiltshire County Council for, “…a three-lane bypass that would run within half a mile of the 175ft horse, a 35-acre business park and 550 new homes on Green Belt land.” However –
 
Residents are now fighting back against the “Swindonisation” of their corner of West Wiltshire.
 
William Wilson, 45, who owns a 16th-century Grade II listed farmhouse in Hawkeridge, a village less than a mile from the White Horse, said: “This area boasts wonderful scenery and beautiful countryside.
 
“Yet the stunning views from the White Horse will be spoiled for ever if these plans are approved. Generations of people have climbed the White Horse ridge and marvelled at the view below but in the future all they will look down on will be cars, trucks, warehouse units and a housing estate. This is a peaceful part of the county, it’s not a big town like Swindon.” Mr Wilson, a commercial director for Siemens and a member of the Hawkeridge Action Group, fears the farmhouse, which he shares with his partner Danny McGinn, will be swallowed up by the proposed business park.
 
Full article here. See also the Hawkeridge Action Group website here.