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Re: Heritage Protection Bill dropped again!


Vince Russett <[log in to unmask]>


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Fri, 3 Jul 2009 08:49:07 +0100





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Morning, chums

Well, what a surprise. Heritage Protection Bill dropped again shock

horror. Losing a Bill once looks like an accident, losing it twice..

Well draw your own conclusions.

Many people must be in the same position as me, losing staff numbers (in

this case 0.5FTE out of 1.5FTE in the archaeological service) which

would almost certainly not have happened had the Bill gone through. The

loss of the expertise and experience of the staff who go is bad enough,

but it ignores the fact that these people are also colleagues and

friends with whom we have worked for years.

There is no commitment by this government to heritage, or even no

demonstrable understanding of the issues involved. For example, whatever

happened to 'Culture at the Heart of Regeneration? (DCMS 2004). Unlike

my usual disposition, I find it very hard to be optimistic about the

future for heritage / archaeological services in this country,

especially in the smaller local authorities that are struggling with

enormous shortfalls in income.


Vince Russett

County Archaeologist

Historic Environment Team

Economy & Regeneration

North Somerset Council


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Record Officer. I regret this will reduce our capacity to respond to

search requests. First priority will be given to planning-related work.

We will not be able to provide information to students or researchers

for the foreseeable future. I apologise for the inevitable decrease in

quality and speed of response to queries.


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-----Original Message-----

From: British archaeology discussion list

[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Dan Hull

Sent: 01 July 2009 16:33

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Subject: [BRITARCH] Heritage Protection Bill dropped again!

CBA News Announcement:


Heritage Bill Dropped Again!

There is deep disappointment again that the Heritage Protection Bill for

England and Wales does not appear in the Draft Legislative Programme for

2009/10 announced by the Government this week.

The Programme indicates the legislation likely to be included in the

Queen's Speech for the next parliamentary session. Clearly there is now

little expectation of the legislative reforms which the 2007 White Paper

promised would place the historic environment at the heart of the

planning system. The Bill aimed to simplify and strengthen existing

legislation and introduce opportunities for people to be more involved

in protecting and enhancing their local heritage.

It also paved the way for the signing and ratification of the Hague

Convention, the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property

in the Event of Armed Conflict. Without the Bill, the UK will soon be

the only international power not to have signed the convention.

Mike Heyworth, CBA's Director said:

'The lack of Government commitment to these uncontroversial and widely

supported reforms is deplorable. The Council for British Archaeology

will be responding to the publication of the Draft Legislative Programme

in the strongest terms. We will be working with the All Party

Parliamentary Archaeology Group to progress the most badly needed

reforms, some of which are possible through secondary legislation, and

to press Government to deliver on other objectives for the heritage. Our

historic environment fundamentally shapes the quality of our

surroundings and is integral to policies for sustainability. It must be

at the heart of new policies for the way places are designed and

planned, not side-lined as a low priority.'

For more information on the history of heritage protection legislation

across the UK, visit:


For more news from the Council for British Archaeology, visit:





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