Recently, The Minister for Heritage, Tracey Crouch MP wrote to readers of Heritage Update:
“I’m thrilled to be back at DCMS after my maternity leave and am looking forward to resuming my engagement with you all to continue promoting heritage and tourism. David Evennett, who covered my period of leave, has done a brilliant job and I’d like to thank him for all of his hard work over the past few months.
“The recent weeks have seen significant changes, and I’d like to take this opportunity to ask each of you what you think the challenges and opportunities will be for the heritage sector. I’m keen to know what you think the wider impact will be on the historic environment and heritage tourism, what you feel should be protected and what could be reformed as we go through this period of change.
“We will be inviting leaders from the heritage sector to attend a roundtable at the end of this month and I encourage you to feed in your views before the 25 July.
“We are committed to ensuring that our vibrant sector continues to thrive in our changing world and to do that we need to know your views, so I look forward to hearing from you.”
Rescue are delighted to be able to contribute and have highlighted some key issues that we continue to make representation about. In particular, we have provided brief summaries of issues related to ongoing impacts of cuts to local authority plannign services, the impacts of proposed changes to the planning system, cuts to museum services, and lack of capacity in museum storage for archaeological archives.
Read our full response below.