Category Archives: Sector NewsBlog

Councils slash library budgets by £30m, survey reveals

The number of libraries across the country has continued to decline as cash-strapped councils reduce their spending on the service and rely more on volunteers, a new survey has revealed. image LocalGov website

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British Council publication on Soft Power

The British Council has launched a publication exploring ‘Soft Power’ entitled ‘Soft power superpowers Global trends in cultural engagement and influence’.

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National Trust on new Agriculture Bill

The National Trust has offered views on some of the key recommendations from the The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee’s recently released report on the Scrutiny of the Agriculture Bill. image: P Badcock

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Grenfell Tower:  Ongoing reviews and updates of Building Regulations and Standards

England’s Ministry for Housing Community and Local Government (MCHLG) continues to offer updates on documents linked to the review of ‘Building Regulations and Standards’ following Grenfell Tower findings, including most recently ‘Environmental monitoring following the Grenfell Tower fire’, air quality … Continue reading

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Damerham church engraved lead stolen from roof

Lead with inscriptions dating to the 18th Century has been stolen from a church in the New Forest after thieves climbed 35ft (10m) up the bell tower of St George’s Church in Damerham to steal the lead sometime after New … Continue reading

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HES Seeks views on ‘Managing Change’ documents on Listed Buildings: Closing 15 Feb!

Historic Environment Scotland seeks views on the content and functionality of two ‘Managing Change in the Historic Environment’ Guidance Notes, before closing the survey on 15 February: Demolition of Listed Buildings The Use and Adaptation of Listed Buildings.

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Cadw’s new website in 2019, seeks early input

Cadw will be delivering a brand new website in 2019 and wants to provide a valuable information and services informed by a survey.

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Don’t dump the rule book under pressure, Ombudsman warns councils, or lose corporate memory through restructuring

In a new report from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman Michael King, ‘Under Pressure’, councils have been warned not to let budget squeezes and disruption caused by change programmes land them in trouble with the Ombudsman’s office.

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Dumfries mill could become ‘bricks and mortar festival tent’: BBC on DHBT

The BBC has reported on how a redundant riverside mill in southern Scotland could be turned into a ‘bricks and mortar festival tent’ for community events, with Dumfries Historic Buildings Trust (DHBT) behind the plans for Rosefield Mills, which it … Continue reading

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Dounreay nuclear reactor, Scotland’s oldest, to go, as demolition contract awarded

The decommissioning of Dounreay’s oldest nuclear reactor in Scotland  has taken a major step forward with the award of a multi-million pound  demolition contract. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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Bid to reopen Flintshire’s Shotton steelworks’ John Summers building

The BBC has reported that a public meeting has dis cussed ways to reopen Flintshire’s landmark Shotton Steelworks, designed by John Summers and placed on a list of the UK’s most endangered buildings.

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Civic Voice plans for 2019: More Conservation Area advocacy via 50th anniversaries in its ‘Big Conservation Conversation’!

Civic Voice has highlighted how ‘hundreds of conservation areas mark their 50th anniversary’ in 2019,  as it will continue to make the Big Conservation Conversation one of our main themes for the year. 

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CIOB Parliamentary Reception launches call for improving quality in the built environment

The CIOB’s – the Chartered Institute of Building – parliamentary reception on 12 December launched its report ‘Improving Quality in the Built Environment’, reporting on the outcomes of its Construction Quality Commission, set up to identify what promotes or prevents … Continue reading

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Programme to support placemaking at local level launched

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), Local Government Association (LGA) and Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) on Thursday 13 December launched ‘Future Place’, a joint two-phase initiative to recognise, reward and encourage high quality … Continue reading

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Charity Awards 2019 to showcase work and impacts: Submissions by February 22

The Charity Awards provides charities of all shapes and sizes with a window to showcase their efforts and the impact they have made and entries for 2019 accepted until February 22.

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Launch of a new strategic framework for heritage science in the UK: 2018-2023

A new strategic framework for heritage science in the UK has been launched.

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SPAB’s ‘New design in historic settings’ graduate winners re-imagine challenging historic spaces

Three young architecture graduates have won the Society for the Protection of Ancient Building’s (SPAB) prestigious ‘new design in historic contexts’ award, the Philip Webb Award, for their separate schemes proving that with imagination and sensitivity you don’t need to … Continue reading

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Planning Awards 2019 open, includes award for ‘best use of heritage…’ – deadline 24 Jan!

The 2019 Planning Awards have been launched, with categories including an award for ‘best use of heritage in placemaking’ among 25 linked categories.

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Timpson Expert Panel says a locally-driven approach is needed to rejuvenate high streets and town centres

An expert panel on the retail industry – the Town Centres Expert Panel – which includes Chair Sir John Timpson, has called for a community-focused approach to tackling the challenges facing high streets and town centres, and has published recommendations … Continue reading

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BEIS Committee energy efficiency inquiry: deadline of 17 January

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee inquiry into the Government’s approach to delivering energy efficiency improvements to buildings has a deadline for written submissions of 17 January 2019. image: Open Government Licence v3.0 

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Heritage Lottery Fund: ‘Updated Policy Directions’ issued by DCMS

Following consultation, updated policy directions have been issued to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in its role as a distributing body of National Lottery funds.

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BEFS on Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2019-20

Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS), the link body for Scotland’s built and historic environment interests, has summarised the most relevant parts of the Scottish Government Draft Budget for 2019-20, noting that Historic Environment Scotland’s grant will be reduced by 3.2%. 

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Allchurches Trust Heritage Apprenticeships: Future-proofing heritage under new funding aimed at building sustainable skills

Major funding – of £471,000 grant over three years – for a new Historic England programme has been announced, which will see the Allchurches Trust step up its support for the protection and preservation of heritage skills through creation of … Continue reading

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BSI: UK to maintain European standards position

European Standards Organizations have approved a plan to secure BSI’s membership post-Brexit. image: Open Government Licence v3.0

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Government sees dramatic reduction in the size of its estate

Government’s ‘The State of the Estate 2018’ report, newly launched, shows that the size of the government estate has been reduced by 156,000 square metres over the past year – the equivalent of 13 Trafalgar Squares. image: Open Government Licence … Continue reading

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