CV Vice President Sandys highlights 33% reduction in conservation officers: Communities -‘Make conservation a national issue’

Context 148 front coverThe Vice-President of Civic Voice (CV) – the link body for England’s civic bodies – Laura Sandys, calls on communities to join Civic Voice’s Big Conservation Conversation and make conservation a national issue, highlighting the 33% reduction in conservation officers and arguing that ‘the civic movement really is the last line of defence to champion the importance of the 10,000 conservation areas across England.’

Civic Voice writes:

Sandys said: ‘I think it’s great that Civic Voice is holding the Big Conservation Conversation. At a time when Parliamentarians talk localism, it is really up to the civic movement to make the local voice a national issue. With a 33% reduction in conservation officers in local government since 2008, the civic movement really is the last line of defence to champion the importance of the 10,000 conservation areas across England.’

Laura Sandys has a direct connection with the foundation of the civic movement and will call on London civic volunteers to join Civic Voice to strengthen the voice of the national movement.

Joan Humble, Chair of Civic Voice said: ‘It is such an honour to have Laura involved in our Big Conservation Conversation. Civic groups really can transform communities and Laura, like her father, is a huge champion of the movement and we were delighted when she became a Vice-President ahead of 2017 as we all come together to say ‘My Conservation Area Matters’.

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