Mike Heyworth <[log in to unmask]> wrote (in <004601c34ca2$654d
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for heritage protection"', on Thu, 17 Jul 2003:
>- bring together all the current designations into a single, unified
>list of historic sites and buildings of England covering all types of
>historically, archaeologically or architecturally important structures.
>- transfer responsibility, for maintaining the list from the Secretary
>of State to English Heritage, subject to safeguards - open up the
>process requiring owners, local authorities, amenity societies and the
>public to be informed and consulted when a
>proposal for listing is made.
>- provide a new right of appeal.
>- provide a single consent regime for changes to any item on the unified
>list and; - create sub-regional pools of expertise to advise local
It sounds good to me. My impression is that EH officers are sometimes
over-protective, but this is not surprising. The same thing applies to
people responsible for electrical safety. You don't often get in trouble
for being cautious, but you can easily get into trouble by being lax.
It's necessary to have people in such positions who have an 'enabling'
attitude, not an 'enforcement' or 'preventive' one.
To be specific, 'OK, you want to do that. Well, you can do it IF you
take these precautions.', not 'No, you can't do that!'.
Regards, John Woodgate, OOO - Own Opinions Only. http://www.jmwa.demon.co.uk
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