Join 4500+ on IHBC’s LinkedIn Group!

The IHBC LinkedIn group has over 4500 members, and provides the ideal opportunity to keep up to date with current debates in heritage and conservation and discuss issues reflecting your professional interests. 

IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly said: ‘The LinkedIn Group was established in 2010 by our then chair, Dave Chetwyn, and has grown steadily since then.  It’s been a critical tool in extending both our profile – across the diverse sectors we work with so extensively – and our networks, as we offer new opportunities for practitioners to engage with conservation ideas, principles and philosophies.  With a current membership of 4546 members from throughout the world, the IHBC’s Group is one of the best ways to find our what’s going in in and across the UK, and to keep up to date with opportunities we offer the sector’.

‘Of course you don’t have to be an IHBC member to join the group either.  You only need an interest in built and historic environments and their management and conservation.  And don’t forget to check out the promotions section as well, as that’s where you can find out about the wide range of other events, opportunities and initiatives that take place outside the IHBC.’

To join simply put in a request to join the group using the Linkedin logo on the top right of our website homepage.

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Wales heritage skills etc. get Coastal Communities Funding

Projects in Wales benefitting from Coastal Communities Funding include scheduled ancient monument works at Chapel Bay Fort & Museum, heritage skills training at the Vale of Rheidol Heritage Railway and a new Centre for Archaeology, Mythology and Storytelling at Menter Y Felin Uchaf Cyf.

The Welsh Government writes:
Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths, has congratulated 21 coastal community projects across Wales set to benefit from a share of nearly £4.6 million.

Under the UK Treasury’s Coastal Communities Fund, grants are available to fund projects which boost the economy of coastal communities across the UK. The fund for Wales is delivered in partnership between the Welsh Government and Big Lottery Fund.

Recently Lesley Griffiths congratulated the projects, which will share £4,591,612, on their successful bids. She said: ‘We want to see vibrant, viable communities all along Wales’s fantastic coastline. This fund will support our work to regenerate coastal towns, boosting their economic development as well as their standing as key tourism and cultural destinations.  The funding will enable those with local knowledge to develop projects addressing the specific issues facing their communities. I look forward to seeing how these schemes benefit local people and support our wider regeneration vision for Wales.’

Fran Targett, Chair, Coastal Communities Fund Wales Committee, said: ‘Coastal Communities share a strong sense of place and this funding will give areas in Wales a welcome boost by supporting the development of their local economies.’

The Coastal Communities Fund was announced by the UK Government in 2011 to provide funding on a bid basis for projects supporting local economic development in coastal communities.  The applications were considered by the Coastal Communities Fund Wales Committee and approved by the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty. During the selection process, consideration was taken of how plans for economic growth address local needs and priorities, job creation and long-term sustainability.

The 21 projects set to benefit are:

  • RSPB Cymru will receive £267,843 for a two year project to develop the existing visitor facilities at RSPB Cymru South Stack on the west coast of Anglesey to improve the tourism experience.
  • Porthcawl Harbourside Community Interest Company will benefit from £297,597 to further develop the Marina/Harbour quarter in Porthcawl by increasing boat capacity, providing new water sports activity provision as well as education facilities for visitors and local people.
  • Meithrinfa Gymraeg Derwen Deg is set to receive £283,898 for a project to develop a new full time Welsh language childcare provision in Llandudno Junction on the Conwy coast.
  • Cwm Harry Land Trust Ltd will receive £75,000 to create a new cafe to serve the Moelyci Environmental Visitor and Education Centre, just outside of Tregarth, near Bangor.
  • Cardiff Marine Group Ltd has been awarded £300,000 to make significant improvements to Aberystwyth harbour and marina, upgrading infrastructure and services.
  • Sustrans Limited will benefit from £299,364 for a  scheme to construct a new walking and cycling path linking Pembrey to Kidwelly and providing direct access into Pembrey Country Park and the Millennium Coastal Path – both key tourism destinations.
  • Antur Waunfawr is set to receive £238,056 to develop an existing business in Caernarfon as a social enterprise which will provide bicycle sales, hire, repairs and recycling. It will offer training and work experience to people with learning disabilities and unemployed or disadvantaged young people.
  • Becws Islyn Bakery Ltd has been awarded  £132,000 to develop the small, family-run bakery business, enabling them to produce a greater amount of artisan products to maximise sales opportunities with local residents, tourists and local businesses.
  • Tape Community Music and Film Limited will benefit from £224,304 for a two year project to establish an annual film festival which will take place in Denbighshire and Conwy.
  • Groundwork North Wales is set to receive £54,615 for a scheme that will enable the purchase of a purpose built sales tricycle and the recruitment of staff to operate it along a section of the North Wales Coastal Path, providing tourist information, basic first aid and refreshments to people using the path.
  • Chapel Bay Fort & Museum, based in Angle on the Pembrokeshire coast, has been awarded £270,626 to support the restoration of this unique Ancient Scheduled Monument and improve access. The site will be opening to the public as a Museum and interpretation centre for the military and social history of Pembrokeshire.
  • Vale of Glamorgan Council is set to receive £224,760  to maximise the employment potential of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast through encouraging the development of new businesses.
  • Menter Aberteifi Cyfyngedig will benefit from £109,974 to re-establish and develop Cardigan Market Hall as a sustainable business hub for market traders and micro-enterprises.
  • Vale of Rheidol Railway Limited has been awarded £288,000 to provide high quality heritage skills training at the Vale of Rheidol Heritage Railway.
  • Cyngor Tref Nefyn will receive £300,000 to improve a section of the Wales Coast Path between Nefyn and Morfa Nefyn to make it accessible to people with disabilities and young families, as well as re-opening a section of an historic 10 mile route from Nefyn to Llanbedrog.
  • Ceredigion County Council is set to receive £150,718 to raise the profile of the Ceredigion coastline as a place to visit throughout the year.
  • Bluestone Brewing Company Limited will benefit from £80,746 to support a one year project to provide a visitor facility, office and storage facilities within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
  • Fishguard & Goodwick Chamber of Trade and Tourism has been awarded £291,032 for a project to promote North Pembrokeshire as a visitor destination through the development and coordination of tourism services.
  • Menter Y Felin Uchaf Cyf, based on the Ll?n Peninsula in Gwynedd, will benefit from £298,900 to create a new Centre for Archaeology, Mythology and Storytelling.
  • Cardigan Bay Watersports will receive £123,974 to provide new products and activities, upgraded equipment and professional management.
  • Cyngor Gwynedd is set to receive £280,205 for a two year project to develop 13 identified linear or circular routes which link communities to the Wales Coast Path, maximising the economic benefit of the path in Gwynedd.

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Janet Askew becomes RTPI President

Janet Askew has been inaugurated as President of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) at a ceremony in central London.

She has worked as a planner in both the public and private sectors. She currently teaches planning at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol.

The RTPI writes:
Janet Askew was today inaugurated as President of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) at a ceremony in central London.

In her speech, Janet emphasised how vital it was to continue to promote the positive benefits of planning and also highlighted the contribution planning and planners can make to addressing social inequalities.

Janet Askew said: ‘I am determined to ensure that we build on the success of our centenary and engage with more people to promote planning – what I call the challenge of persuasion – proving the value of planning to society. I became a planner because I had a utopian view, an emotional view that planning could improve the quality of life and give people a voice about how they lived.’

She outlined three key opportunities to promote planning: through education, through community planning, and internationally. 

Internationally
‘Working abroad what has surprised me most is the influence that British town planning and history has had. The RTPI is held in very high esteem in China for example. There may be differences in scale in different countries but we are all working on the same issues – to provide liveable places, better public transport, sustainable housing and a fair distribution of public services. There are still many international opportunities for the RTPI, not least of all to increase membership.’

Through education
‘I have spent a large part of my career working in the University of the West of England in Bristol, and I am often asked about planning schools when I am abroad – how do we maintain and uphold such high standards in planning education?  I see it as one of the main roles of the RTPI to ensure and guarantee the future quality of the profession – through the accreditation of planning schools, and co-operation with universities on research.

For nearly 20 years, there has been a downward trend however in undergraduate numbers – with the most marked drop in home students. In some universities, international students outnumber home students.

Many graduates from British planning schools return to their home countries to work, wherever that might be and they are eligible to be members of the institute.  So we should explore the opportunities of working with these planners – as a starting point through universities and British consultants with international offices – to recruit more members to the RTPI, and I hope to do some of this during my year as President.’

Through community planning
Neighbourhood planning offers opportunities for more people to be involved in the planning of their own areas. And communities need the help of qualified town planners to prepare their plans. This is reassuring in one way – planners really do have skills and knowledge to offer, but we also know that local authorities are very short staffed, and if we want to create good plans, then recruitment to the profession is vital. 

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Land Registry on the Infrastructure Bill

The Land Registry has published a summary of the proposed measures to be included in the Infrastructure Bill, including matters relating to land use planning concerning national infrastructure, the deemed discharge of conditions and powers for Mayoral Development Orders

Government writes:
The proposed bill would improve how we fund, plan, manage and maintain our national infrastructure.

The Infrastructure Bill would provide a £3.9 billion boost to the economy over the next 10 years by:

  • improving the funding and management of our major roads
  • streamlining the planning process for major projects
  • protecting our infrastructure from invasive plants and animals
  • supporting house building
  • making it easier and cheaper to register land and property
  • helping communities become stakeholders in renewable electricity projects
  • maximising the recovery of oil and gas from the UK continental shelf
  • simplifying underground access procedures for the shale and geothermal energy industries

The bill and its supporting documents are on the Parliament website.

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New partnership coalition – ‘Landscapes for Everyone’

A coalition of organisations which work on landscape and rural interests has been formed to raise the profile of these areas to the whole of society, with the title ‘Landscapes for Everyone’.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) writes:
Encompassing 27 national and regional organisations, including the Campaign to Protect Rural England, National Trust, British Mountaineering Council and Wilderness Foundation, the coalition is believed to be the largest ever to be formed on this issue.

Ahead of May’s general election, the coalition aims to raise the profile of landscape and to emphasise the importance of landscapes to our wellbeing, environment and economy.

With ongoing speculative development in and around sensitive areas, such as National Parks and AONBs, the varied group of organisations believes that it is vital for future government policy and funding to reflect the extraordinary value of landscapes.  The Landscapes for Everyone vision is supported in parliament today by Natural Environment Minister Lord de Mauley, Shadow Minister for Natural Environment Barry Gardiner MP, and Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Environmental Affairs Baroness Parminter. The vision calls for better landscapes for people, better planning for landscape and better places for nature.

Lord de Mauley, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Natural Environment and Science, comments: ‘Our beautiful landscapes provide not only outside spaces for people to enjoy, they are also valuable in their own right and integral to tourism, to rural economic growth and to people’s health and wellbeing. I want to see our countryside continuing to contribute to the economy, whilst ensuring our much valued landscapes remain protected.’

Shaun Spiers, Chief Executive, Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), comments: ‘For far too long, England’s landscapes have been undervalued given the understandable focus on economic recovery. But beautiful landscapes and a strong economy go together. CPRE believes that government at all levels needs to do more to ensure our diverse landscapes survive and thrive, and to support local communities in safeguarding them. We are calling on all political parties to commit to the calls to action in Landscapes for Everyone.’

Howard Davies, Chief Executive, National Association for AONBs, comments: ‘Our landscapes reflect our collective past and determine our future quality of life. Landscapes are about people and places, are fundamental to our health and well-being, and are an important part of our identity. It is critically important that the value of landscape is recognised in decision making locally and nationally.’

Rachel Stancliffe, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, comments: ‘The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare supports Landscapes for Everyone as it is vital to protect and enhance natural places, both to benefit people’s health and for the wellbeing of the planet.’

Peter Nixon, Director of Land, Landscapes and Nature, National Trust, comments: ‘From the public park to the National Park, and the historic townscape to the natural seascape, Britain has extraordinarily varied landscapes, which provide limitless opportunities for enjoyment, exploration and inspiration. But they are threatened as never before by inappropriate development and lack of resourcing.  As organisations, we’ve come together to ask Government and political parties to celebrate landscapes, and to show their commitment to a better future for these areas, that have inspired generations of people.’

Stuart Brooks, Chief Executive, John Muir Trust, comments:

‘Our wellbeing now and in the future depends on having access to wild places, which are vital for nature to thrive and people to restore their spirits.’

Julian Woolford, Chief Executive, Campaign for National Parks, comments: ‘National Parks are ‘living landscapes’ making a significant contribution to the economy through tourism, farming and other related businesses as well as containing breathtaking scenery, rare wildlife and cultural heritage.’

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Has Big Society Failed?

Civil Exchange has carried out research into the impact of the Big Society and published a report ‘Whose Society’ which assesses the impact of the changes introduced in government measures originally designed to encourage people to be able to have more say over decisions affecting them and their area.

Civil Exchange writes:
The Big Society project to hand power back to the people has largely failed against its own measures, leaving the country more divided, with less influence over decisions and receiving less accountable services, according to a landmark study published today.

Whose Society? The Final Big Society Audit, the culmination of a three-year investigation into a key initiative of the Coalition Government, finds that the Big Society – using its own criteria of empowering communities, opening up public services and stimulating social action – has not, despite some positive initiatives, delivered the radical change that David Cameron promised.

The study by the independent think tank Civil Exchange sounds a warning for the next government, saying that it must be genuinely inclusive, target those most in need and harness the energy of the voluntary and private sectors if the Big Society mistakes are not to be repeated.

The report’s author, Caroline Slocock, director of Civil Exchange, said: ‘Despite investment in the Big Society, it has largely failed. Our findings show that society is more divided than before, we feel less able to influence what happens in our communities and public services are, in some ways, less accountable and responsive to diverse needs.  Many people may ask what happened to the Big Society? It was a key commitment of this government and they are entitled to know whether it worked, even though the Government hardly mentions it now.  The real question, however, is what happens next? Whatever name it goes under, the next government will continue to look for ways to give power back to people, to make services more responsive and to encourage local action. To do this successfully requires much better collaboration with local and voluntary groups, giving people a genuine stake in local decision making, reviewing the way we contract companies to deliver public services and making sure major businesses give back more to society.’

‘Whose Society?’ makes key recommendations for the next government including a shift in government and public sector culture to make it work far more collaboratively with civil society, a civil society led Commission on using existing resources to create a fairer society, and a major review of public sector contracting, ensuring services work in the interests of those they mean to serve, particularly those whose needs are greatest.

Using detailed analysis and data from a wide range of government and other authoritative sources, ‘Whose Society?’ finds that, despite significant investment in Big Society schemes, including for volunteering and local decision making:

  • Only 34% of people now feel they can influence decision in their local area – a significant decrease against every year since 2001.
  • Civic participation (from 41% to 30%) has dropped sharply since 2013, with civic consultation and activism also down.
  • Despite over 2000 uses of Community Rights since the introduction of the Localism Act (2011), local authorities have seen their powers to respond to local need, such as in education, severely constrained.
  • The proportion of people who feel they belong to their neighbourhood has dropped from 78% to 70% since 2013, the lowest level since 2005.
  • Though 88% of charities have seen a rise in demand for their services, only 32% now feel they can meet this need and there is no convincing Government strategy for filling the funding gap left by public sector cuts, particularly for those serving communities with the greatest needs.

Far from opening up public services, private sector ‘quasi monopolies’, which are largely unaccountable, and the largest of which have experienced serious service failures, now dominate contracts to deliver public services.

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Oldest building in Derry Londonderry revealed

A landmark archaeological discovery has been made in Derry Londonderry, which predates the walled city 

The Department of the Environment Northern Ireland (DoeNI) writes:
Environment Minister revealed details of a building pre-dating the walled city and believed to have been burnt down during the O’Doherty rising of 1608.

The building, only a very small part of which has survived, had stone foundations and a cellar above which the upper floors were constructed of timber. When the building burnt down its wooden walls and roof collapsed into the cellar where they have now been found just over 400 years later.  A collection of artefacts was also unearthed during the dig including musket balls, a small cannon ball, pottery sherds, clay pipes and, a rarity on archaeological excavations, a number of intact wine bottles. The earliest find was a sherd of medieval pottery dating to AD1200-1400.

Minister Durkan said: ‘This is a truly exciting and important discovery. Archaeologists working for the Apprentice Boys have uncovered the earliest dated building in Derry and it is fitting that some of the artefacts uncovered will now go on display in the new museum.  The building’s alignment is east-west and has been dated to the early 1600s. The east-west alignment is radically different to our present day Walled City street pattern. This clearly shows the building reflects the earlier street pattern based on the ecclesiastical settlement that pre-existed the plantation town of Londonderry. The building was burnt down prior to the construction of our Walled City and the ‘best-fit’ event for that fire would seem to be the 1608 O’Doherty rebellion when all the houses in Derry were burnt by Cahir O’Doherty’s troops.

‘A very small fired-clay tobacco pipe that dates to the period of Elizabeth I has further helped to date the early building. A small cannon ball from the time of the O’Doherty rebellion in 1608 was also found on the cellar floor of the early building but we may never know if it was fired in anger.  Although the dig doesn’t appear to have found any remains dating to the 1689 Siege of Derry, rare finds have been uncovered including two complete glass bottles and near complete plates dating from the 1700s.  These important discoveries will add value and content to the information discovered on the successful NIEA led community dig at Bishop Street car park in 2013.’

Billy Moore, General Secretary of the Apprentice Boys Association, said: ‘It has been fascinating to see what this archaeological dig has uncovered. We hope that once the archaeologists have had a chance to review their findings, we will be fortunate to identify that some of the artefacts relate to the period of the Great Siege.  We are pleased and delighted that the dig has added significantly to the history of Londonderry. We eagerly look forward to placing the information uncovered and some of the artefacts on display in our new visitor centre, which we anticipate will open in the summer of 2015.’

The building and artefacts were discovered during an eight week excavation in the area formerly occupied by the Walker Memorial Garden on Society Street. The dig, undertaken by commercial archaeology firm Gahan and Long under licence from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), was a requirement of planning conditions ahead of the new Apprentice Boys of Derry’s visitor centre.

The project is supported by a variety of funders including almost £2.4 million from the Special European Union Programmes Body (SEUPB) Peace III, a £1million grant from NITB and funding from the Apprentice Boys of Derry and DOE’s Northern Ireland Environmental Agency.

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‘Pub is the Hub’ receives Big Lottery funding

A community initiative which helps pubs provide vital services for local rural settlements has been allocated £452,000 over the next three years from the Big Lottery Fund.

Pub is The Hub writes:
Pub is The Hub has received confirmation this week that funding for its popular advice, guidance and training service for England has been secured for a further three years by the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme. The organisation will receive £452,000 over the next three years enabling its Regional Advisors to continue work with interested local authorities whereby they match community priority needs with additional services which can be provided by the local pub and a good licensee.

This new funding follows the success of the first three-year programme launched in 2011 which inspired a variety of projects around England across eleven local authorities which resulted in a range of twenty-seven different services from shops and libraries to help for elderly residents.

Inspired by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in 2001, Pub is The Hub operates as a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation dedicated to offering advice and support to licensees, rural pubs and community services as well as to communities considering the options for acquiring their local pub and the range of responsibilities involved.

John Longden, Chief Executive of Pub is The Hub said: ‘We are so delighted to have the recognition and support from the Big Lottery Fund which will help the organisation to fill a very important role in advising great licensees to provide a variety of much needed and vital services within their small local communities. We only exist through donations and grants such as this so fundraising is always uppermost in our thoughts. To have this long term support also gives us the confidence and ability to continue to raise funds directly for good licensees who just need that small financial leg-up to diversify their services.  We will continue use our experience gained from fourteen years’ work to help identify priority services needs by working closely with individual communities and their local authorities.’

The funding will not be spent in direct support for the pubs themselves so Pub is The Hub will continue to work with other sources of private and public funding as well as fundraising for its own Community Services Fund which gives grants of up to £4k per project direct to pubs separately.

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Have your say: influence the development of OASIS

Following the summer survey, the OASIS (Online Access to the index of archaeological investigations) site has now been redesigned and the project team are seeking your views on the mock up site by 8 February. 

The OASIS blog writes:
Thank you if you responded to the OASIS redevelopment survey over the summer, we have now produced a selection of scenarios which reflect the survey responses. We will be making the survey responses available in due course.

The mock up is divided into different scenarios for different types of user: Contractor, HER, Museum etc and each page has a comment area at the bottom. Please use the comments area to leave any feedback you have, positive or negative, as if we don’t know your thoughts now we cannot accommodate them in the final design. We would appreciate your comments even if you are not a user of the current system. The mock up will be open for comments until Sunday 8 February.

Providing feedback will give you a real opportunity to influence the redevelopment of OASIS.  If you have any questions about this, or the project in general, please contact the ADS via Jo Gilham on jo.gilham@york.ac.uk or 01904 323937. 

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EHRC research on Scottish gypsy and traveller sites

Research into the provision of appropriate sites in the land us planning system to meet the needs of the gypsy and traveller communities has been carried out and published by the Equality & Human Rights Commission this week. 

The Equality & Human Rights Commission (EHRC) writes:
The Equality & Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has yesterday published research on how local authorities have successfully developed and maintained Gypsy and Traveller sites in Scotland. The research was commissioned in direct response to claims from some Scottish local authorities that they were unable to secure land or planning permission to build new permanent or transit sites. 

Speaking yesterday Alastair Pringle, Director of the EHRC Scotland said ‘Over the last year we have seen once again tension in some parts of Scotland concerning the development of temporary or permanent sites for Gypsies and Travellers, either in private or public ownership. This ongoing lack of provision is forcing many Gypsies and Travellers into ‘pulling in’ at the roadside, often in high profile areas and then risking eviction and local hostility.’

The research shows that with planning and care it is perfectly possible to develop new Gypsy and Traveller sites in Scotland – examples like Falkirk Council’s approach to private sites or South Ayrshire’s refurbishment of their existing sites show that you can balance the needs of the Gypsy and Traveller community with concerns of the settled community.

Phil Brown, Professor of Social Change at the University of Salford, who conducted the research, said ‘The location of the site is paramount. Our research has found that whilst there may be concerns at the start of process from locals living nearby, proper management of the site rarely leads to ongoing concerns. As with most new developments communication between the council, local residents and the Gypsy and Traveller community is also key, as is support for local councillors who will be the final decision makers. Taking a strategic rather than ad hoc approach is also recommended as the more transparent the Council is the more likely they will have public support.’

Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights Alex Neil said: ‘Decisions about the provision of Gypsy and Traveller sites are best made at the local level, by those with local knowledge and accountability.  This research provides useful examples of good practice for those involved in making those decisions, including the importance of communication and dialogue when establishing a new site, and selecting the right location.’

The Scottish Government has already strengthened local strategic planning for accommodation in relation to the needs of Gypsy and Travellers, by publishing revised guidance for Housing Need and Demand Assessments and Local Housing Strategies.  This is to help make sure that the accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers are fully taken into account by local authorities as they plan accommodation provision in their area.

Research by the Scottish Government recently confirmed that in 2014 there were 59 sites in 18 local authority areas in Scotland – a change from the 53 sites in 23 local authority areas reported in 2009. Altogether there were 763 pitches available in public or private ownership.

Commenting further Mr Pringle said ‘We look forward to the publication of the Governments Gypsy and Traveller strategy later this year as what is needed is a coordinated and coherent approach to the development of sites across Scotland rather than the current ad hoc arrangements where local authorities make decisions in isolation. We hope that this report will provide some inspiration to those charged with locating and providing sites. Without proper provision the community is likely to continue to face hostility and councils are likely to waste more money on avoidable evictions.’

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EH open new ‘Royal Residence’ holiday apartment

Visitors to the Isle of White can now stay in the English Heritage (EH) property that was once Queen Victoria’s family retreat, in a new heritage tourism development to open up a new area of Sovereign’s Gate.

EH writes:
Holidaymakers to the Isle of Wight will soon have the chance to live like a royal – as English Heritage opens up an exclusive area of Queen Victoria’s family retreat as a holiday cottage.

Two luxury cottages have been developed within ‘Sovereign’s Gate’ at Osborne – a ceremonial entrance to the royal retreat once reserved exclusively for Queen Victoria and her family as well as lords, ladies and heads of state.  From this month guests can book a three, four or seven night stay at Sovereign’s Gate, which also includes exclusive use of the grounds at Osborne, which include Queen Victoria’s private beach and gardens, and free entry to other English Heritage sites on the Isle of Wight.

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IHBC’s ‘Jobs etc’ service: total salaries just now: c.£650k!

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A record number of opportunities are currently being advertised on IHBC’s Jobs etc. site, the collective salaries of which amount to an upper range of some £650,000, all alongside adverts for important voluntary and trustee roles.

IHBC Director Seán O’Reilly said: ‘Currently some twenty-six full and part time opportunities from across the UK are being advertised on the IHBC’s Jobs etc. web resource, covering the private and public sectors as well as positions within third sector organisations.’

‘These reflect a good part of the diverse network of our members, their colleagues, and partner bodies. Reflecting too the diverse nature of employment opportunities in the sector, these roles include permanent or temporary, and full or part time posts.  Increasingly our advertisements also include voluntary roles such those for as trustees, as charities increasingly recognise the importance of public advertisements in securing the skills needed for such critical roles’.

‘A special strength of our Jobs etc. service is that it’s not just for our members – though they do get the gold-star service by having email alerts sent to them when the posts are announced, keeping them fully up to date on what’s happening.  However the jobs are also accessible through our increasingly vibrant digital social networks.  And while we must charge advertisers for the service, we do offer the usual low rates you’d expect from the IHBC, and substantial further reductions are also available to charities to keep it all cost-effective.’

As well as the option of email alerts on jobs for members, the IHBC also advertises opportunities across our social media accounts.  If you are interested you can follow these jobs posts on our LinkedIn Group, where you need only apply for group membership.  See too:

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IHBC congratulates SAVE in Liverpool, & Pickles on heritage

The IHBC is delighted to welcome and highlight a series of heritage-aware determinations coming from the offices of Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, in particular regarding a suite of wind-related applications and the critical matter of SAVE’s success in the Welsh Streets campaign in Liverpool, as reported last week.

IHBC Chair Mike Brown said: ‘Despite wider concerns and pressures in the heritage sector, these determinations indicate that heritage and conservation considerations loom large in many strategic decision-making processes in England’s planning system.  Though all will note the well-documented limitations in capacity and political support our members can face on the ground, it is heartening to see so much more positive news regarding conservation-aware outcomes from central government.’

‘The decisions on wind farms at recovered appeals are also extremely significant.   It is rare – perhaps it has never happened – that a Secretary of State has overturned so many recommendations of Inspectors.   Essentially what he is saying that heritage concerns (the primary reason for the refusals) have been downplayed both by the developers and by the Inspectors.   And with the decisions on Smithfield Market in London (where he agreed with the Inspector) and now the Welsh Streets in Liverpool (where he didn’t), he is also saying that major development proposals in our cities must take heritage issues more seriously than perhaps both developers and local authorities have in the past.’

David Kincaid, IHBC’s Policy Secretary said: ‘It is especially encouraging that Eric Pickles has given heritage such prominence in determining a number of nationally important planning appeals.’

‘Wind turbines have been refused because of the affect of wind turbines on historic landscapes and the setting of listed buildings.  For the Welsh Streets decision in Liverpool (for the demolition of 400 terraced houses) Eric Pickles states in his decision letter that he ‘agrees with Save that the Welsh Streets are of considerable significance as non-designated heritage assets of historic, architectural, cultural and social interest…’.  Such decisions by the Secretary of State evidently give considerable weight to the historic environment policies contained in the NPPF.’

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IHBC welcomes NADFAS support for courses at SLCT

The IHBC has welcomed the substantial assistance with costs on offer at the Scottish Lime Centre Trust (SLCT) to be secured through funding applications to the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NAFDAS), while current courses on offer include the study Decorative Carving & Letter Cutting.

Rosamund Artis, Director of the Scottish Lime Centre Trust (SLCT) said: ‘We are delighted to be in receipt of NADFAS grant funding not least as this assists the many, many students passionate about the historic built environment as they learn critical skills to safeguard its future’.

SLCT writes:
During the course students are introduced to the basics of both classical and contemporary letter forms by means of the creation of a simple inscription from initial design through to cutting and finishing techniques. Tools and materials are provided and that attendees can take away finished pieces at the end of the course.  Each participant will work on their own individual piece and therefore there are likely to be a range of abilities within the class and we will tailor the course to suit each participant. 

The course covers Health and Safety, choosing stone for letter cutting, choosing and caring for tools, cut precise straight lines, setting out, cutting letters and finishing of work.

View more information on the courses, dates available throughout 2015 and how to book

View information about funding sources for attending courses at the SLCT

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