Civic Voice’s shortlist of nominations for its ‘England’s Favourite Conservation Area’ award is open for votes, but closes on 16 October, and even if you don’t live in a nominated Area, you can vote now to show your support for what they offer as ‘are examples of great placemaking’.!
Civic Voice CEO Ian Harvey said: ‘We are pleased to confirm that we have already had 6000 votes in our hunt to find England’s favourite conservation area.
And now you can vote from a shortlist of 18 at www.bigconservationconversation.com
Civic Voice writes:
The shortlist of 18 conservation areas is not a ‘Top 10’ most beautiful or a ‘Best of’ tourism guide. It’s a list of real places that highlight the diversity of conservation areas across England. Conservation areas are examples of great placemaking.
But they face an uncertain future.
We continue to see a decline in the number of historic environment staff in local government. We are worried that more conservation areas will be put at risk due to the loss of specialist knowledge.
We established England’s Favourite Conservation Area as part of our Big Conservation Conversation to help us celebrate the benefits that conservation areas make to England.
We need you to vote to help us decide the winner. The shortlist is
- Brentham Conservation Area, Greater London (Designated 1969) Brentham is special in conserving both its distinctive character and the original community values on which it was founded.Vote for Brentham here.
- Boston Conservation Area, East Midlands (1969) Boston conservation area is the heart of the town, stretching down to the port, up to the Georgian Sluice Bridge and along the waterway. The medieval market place is the historic core of Boston. Vote for Boston here.
- Cambridge Conservation Area, East of England (1969) The Cambridge central conservation area is one of contrasts. Striking new architecture is intermingled with many beautiful ancient buildings.Vote here.
- Chester Canal Conservation Area,North West (2018) Designation of the Chester Canal Conservation Area was a partnership of voluntary and statutory bodies. It was, nevertheless, only achieved through the leading role of a local community body, the Chester Canal Heritage Trust. Vote here.
- Cockermouth Conservation Area,North West (1976) The flood of 2009 presented a major challenge with the central core of the Conservation Area being devastated. In the aftermath of the flooding, partners worked together to ensure that the town emerged ‘better and brighter’ than before. Vote here.
- Dalby Conservation Area,Margate, South East (2010) This conservation area has been nominated as a prime example of how a notoriously run down district can be turned around and meet present and future challenges. Vote here.
- Deal Conservation Area,South East (1968) It was the first conservation area to be designated in Kent on the 23rd February 1968, and an Article 4 Direction controlling a variety of alterations to dwellings was introduced on the 1st March 2000. Vote here.
- Kasbah Conservation Area,Yorkshire and Humber (2017) The Kasbah represents a nationally significant example of an area dominated by the fishing industry for more than 150 years. Vote here.
- Lichfield Conservation Area, West Midlands (1970) The relationship of the centre to the water areas, green spaces and Cathedral with its close is potentially the best of any English cathedral city.Vote here.
- Port Sunlight Conservation Area, North West (1978) Port Sunlight is the vision of industrialist William Lever; a model village to house workers at his soap factory.Vote here.
- Elsecar Conservation Area, Yorkshire (1974) There are a number of active friends’ groups and community partnerships who work hard to support the Conservation Area in many ways, including through community events. Vote here.
- Mitcham Cricket Green Conservation Area, London (1969) is the home to the oldest cricket ground in the world, including Mitcham cricket pavilion as the area’s first asset of community value.Vote here.
- Richmond Conservation Area, Yorkshire (1983) The fact that over 450 buildings are listed, 4 of which are Grade I listed gives some measure of the overall quality of this conservation area.Vote here.
- Stamford Conservation Area,East Midlands (1967) Stamford is a glorious small market town. It was England’s first Conservation Area, designated in 1967 and retains its special charm. Vote here.
- Swindon Railway Village Conservation Area(1975) Recently The Mechanics’ Trust and Swindon Civic Voice supported a Heritage Action Zone bid to Historic England, with this Conservation Area being at the heart of the HAZ. Vote here.
- Tiverton Conservation Area, South West (1972) Tiverton Conservation Area is notable for its fine collection of War Memorials, including the listed War Memorial Building on Angel Hill, one of the largest in Devon. Vote here.
- Winsham Conservation Area, South West (1971) The Conservation area is not a memorial or an open park. It is a living, breathing community which thrives and nurtures its inhabitants.Vote here.
- Wolverton Conservation Area, South East (2001) The town of Wolverton owes its existence solely to Wolverton Railway Works which today, is the World’s longest continuously open Railway Works.Vote here.
The 18 conservation areas shortlisted for the ‘England’s favourite conservation area’ demonstrates Civic Voice’s leadership to stand up for communities and make your voice heard at a national level.
We hope several of this year’s selections — and all of the far-reaching work we undertake each and every day on behalf of England’s historic places — will inspire you to give generously to the Civic Voice Big Conservation Conversation campaign.
Please join Civic Voice today as we make the case for conservation areas.
Thank you again for your dedication to keeping England’s rich history alive for future generations.
I look forward to announcing the winner at the Civic Voice conference on 19th October in Birmingham I hope to see you there.