Herefordshire HER currently does not charge for HER data searches, but we take the same line as Exmoor NPA and reserve the right to charge in exceptional cases that require considerable amounts of HER Officer time. In practice, we have charged once in the last two years. However, the position on not charging is likely to be reconsidered soon, in the light of probable further cuts to Council funding here.
Melissa A Seddon
Historic Environment Record Officer
Herefordshire Archive and Record Centre
Fir Tree Lane
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In response to your enquiry Exmoor National Park do not yet make charges for HER searches or advice, although there is the following statement in our Charging Policy (2010):
Where searches are exceptionally complicated or take up a large amount of staff time there may be a charge to cover the costs. This will be at the Historic Environment Record Officer’s discretion.
To date we have not charged citing the above circumstances and our current preference is still not to charge but this may be reviewed, especially as more authorities do charge.
Conservation Officer (Historic Environment)
Exmoor National Park Authority
Exmoor House, Dulverton, Somerset, TA22 9HL
Tel: 01398 323665
Direct Line: 01398 322289
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I'm in the process of negotiating a charging schedule for the purpose of recovering the Council’s costs of delivering it’s archaeological service (both for undertaking commercial HER searches and for advice), and it has been called-in by Councillors (so I have to defend the proposal at Scrutiny Committee next week).
I would be very grateful to know how many other local authorities still do not yet charge for these :
a. HER/UAD searches
b. for advice (preparing the brief, monitoring fieldwork, scrutinising the WSI and report, etc.).
Many thanks in advance,
Archaeological Advisor, Commercial Services, Colchester Borough Council, Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road, Colchester, Essex CO3 3WG
Tel: 01206 508920 or 07961 804443