Heritage 2020 a sector-wide initiative to sustain and promote the historic environment of England, is seeking ‘Expressions of Interest’ in a pro bono update on statutory England’s heritage-related duties of England’s local authorities, closing 5 July.
Mike Brown, Vice-President of the IHBC and Chair of the Heritage 2020 Capacity Building Working Group said: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for the right person to make an invaluable contribution to the work going on across the sector to address the ongoing decline in conservation and archaeological services in Local Planning Authorities.’
‘Armed with an up-to-date list of the primary and secondary statutory duties required of LPAs by Parliament we can put forward an irrefutable case to Local Authority decision-makers that they cannot continue to ignore the instruction of Parliament and the wishes of local communities and continue to cut services. Our heritage belongs to all of us and cannot be put at risk to satisfy the misplaced and imbalanced priorities of Chief Officers and some local politicians.’
‘With your help we can muster the evidence and the cogent arguments that can turn this issue around. Please be in touch’.
The Heritage Alliance writes:
Many organisations within the heritage sector are concerned at the loss of heritage skills and expertise working within or advising Local Authorities.
The Heritage 2020 Capacity Building working group seeks expressions of interest for a project to update an existing list of statutory services imposed by Government on Local Authorities, as they relate directly or indirectly to heritage.
This piece of work will help focus those bodies on the duties imposed on them by Parliament and, therefore, their need to retain the skills and expertise necessary to successfully discharge them. The vision is a sustainable network of local authority expertise available to developers and communities.
There is no fee for this work.
A full brief is available at: www.heritage2020.net
Expressions of interest are invited by 17.00 on 5th July to firstname.lastname@example.org.