The IHBC has launched a fund allocation of up to £2500 for Civic Trusts in England Scotland and Wales seeking help on local celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the introduction of Conservation Areas, with a prize of a place at the IHBC’s Annual School on offer for the most effective project.
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The awards are promoted in partnership with the national link civic bodies representing the countries covered by the 1967 Civic Amenities Act (which did not cover Northern Ireland) that gave rise to the first Conservation Areas:
IHBC Vice Chair Kathy Davies said: ‘The IHBC is delighted to be able to offer funding support for such a worthy cause.’
‘Conservation Areas represent a critical advance in conservation legislation, bringing the benefits and potential of area-based heritage management to local communities.’
‘These funds offer a chance to help everyone value and celebrate the achievements of the historic legislation.’
‘However we hope that they will also promote serious reflection on the extent to which we are all doing justice today to such a remarkable step change in local civic care for our valued places.’
IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly said: ‘The pressures Conservation Areas face today are as serious as they have ever been.’
‘This allocation by IHBC trustees will help underpin local public interest in these designations. They should also help raise social and political awareness of the benefits they can bring to local communities in all their 21st century diversity, at least when properly managed and supported’.
‘We are hugely grateful to our national civic trust partners in England, Scotland and Wales, for supporting this important initiative, and look forward to hearing the exciting plans that local trusts will bring forward. We will of course keep members and the wider public up to date on our website page.’
Ian Harvey, Executive Director of Civic Voice said: ‘Designating a conservation area should not be seen as an end in itself: we live in a changing world and for the historic environment to survive and continue to be cherished it needs to be positively managed. We want communities across the country to come together and get involved in the Big Conservation Conversation. We are delighted that the IHBC have taken this initiative to support communities in saying “My Conservation Area Matters”.’
John Pelan, Director of the Scottish Civic Trust said: ‘The Scottish Civic Trust is delighted to endorse this excellent initiative by IHBC. The Civic Amenities Act of 1967, which introduced the concept of conservation areas, is directly linked to the establishment of the Trust in the same year.’
‘I am sure that many of our affiliated civic trusts and amenity societies will want to take the opportunity to celebrate the significance of 50 years conservation areas in Scotland with this new fund.’
Applicants must represent their local civic trust, and may apply simply by describing their project ambitions and funding needs using our simple online form. The IHBC will process, allocate and make the funds available as soon as possible and with minimal administrative obligations.
For some more about the background to Conservation Areas see buildingconservation.com
For the 1967 Civic Amenities Act see legislation.gov.uk
To help develop the evolving article on Conservation Areas in the IHBC’s Conservation Wiki, which mostly only covers England, go to Designing Buildings Wiki
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