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Rescue responds to NPPF consultation

Rescue has responded to the consultation by  DCLG (the Department for Communities and Local Government) about possible changes to the NPPF  (the National Planning Policy Framework).  We highlight various places where the historic environment has been given less prominence and where the wording has been reduced or changed – as we have said already  the overall impression now is of an attack on the way the planning system protects the historic environment.  Our full response is below; we would urge others to respond to the consultation (at ) which closes on 10th May.

2018-12-13T18:47:17+00:0026 April, 2018|Tags: , |0 Comments

Rescue Says: Proposed changes to NPPF will leave the planning system unfit for purpose

Revisions to the NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework) are currently being consulted on and Rescue is extremely concerned to report that we believe, if enacted, these revisions will leave the system no longer fit for purpose as an effective tool for the sensitive and sustainable management of our heritage resources. These revisions offered an opportunity to address genuine issues with NPPF which David Cameron’s coalition introduced as part of a “bonfire” of quangos and legislation, designed to make the planning system simpler. The current Government is pursuing a policy of deliberate arson – removing heritage protection principles a piece at […]

2018-12-13T18:47:17+00:0023 April, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

Highways England’s A303 Stonehenge consultation 2018 response from RESCUE

Latest news: Highways England’s consultation on its preferred route is still open – until 23 April 2018.  Highways England plans to submit an application for a Design Consent Order for the project in late September 2018.

Rescue has responded to Highway’s England’s statutory consultation on proposed upgrades to the A303 at Stonehenge. Together with the Stonehenge Alliance, we encourage all our members to respond strongly to the consultation and oppose a short tunnel option. This can be done via the Stonehenge Alliance website either by using Highways England’s own […]

2018-12-13T18:44:39+00:007 April, 2018|Tags: , |1 Comment

Rescue respond to Welsh planning law consultation

Monmouth’s Medieval Bridge

Rescue has responded to a consultation on proposed changes to planning law in Wales. The proposals include a suggestion that the system of granting consent for changes to Listed Buildings be merged into the general planning permission system. Rescue are concerned that this could reduce the level of protection for Listed Buildings and that this may lead to a loss of specialist Conservation Officers providing advice. the full letter is available below:

2018-12-13T18:40:50+00:001 March, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

Notice of Rescue AGM Meeting April 21st 2018

Download poster as a pdf.

The AGM and Open Meeting will be on Saturday 21st April 2018, the AGM will start at 12 noon and the Open Meeting at 2.00 pm, ending by 4.00 pm.

This year we are meeting at Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 2BE.

The speaker at the Open Meeting will be Keith Wade, former manager of the Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service. He will talk about:  What next? Forty years of rescue archaeology in Ipswich

Admission to the Open Meeting is FREE to both Rescue members and non-members.

Christchurch Mansion and Wolsey Art Gallery are within the […]

2018-02-28T17:39:24+00:0028 February, 2018|0 Comments

Whitewash in Coventry?

A recent article in the Coventry Observer has highlighted the disgraceful situation whereby a surreptitious undemocratic decision has been made to paint the undercroft of the medieval guildhall white, ignoring objections from Historic England and outrage from residents.

At least, that is how it is reported. But is this the case? Rescue has been asked to look into this, and has found a situation less clear cut. The Listed Building Consent application for the works sets out a plausible case. The letter from Historic England highlights concerns about the work and recommends using reversible paint, but mentions no overall objections to […]

2018-02-22T14:25:14+00:0022 February, 2018|0 Comments

Rescue Says: Shocking burglary at Canterbury Archaeological Trust Store

The whole archaeological community and beyond will have been shocked and outraged by the recent ransacking of the Canterbury Archaeological Trust’s stores, and the theft of innumerable and irreplaceable archaeological artefacts. We would urge anyone who might know anything that leads to the safe recovery of any of these items, to immediately report their concerns to the Police. Two things that may be missed in this situation however, are the perennial issue surrounding the national dearth of archaeological archive storage, and the state of the UK antiquities market which allows for material such as has been stolen to be sold […]

2018-10-30T20:06:55+00:005 February, 2018|0 Comments

Do museums want to hold specialist collections?

It seems that many local authority museums are less and less interested in the special knowledge that is held within their collections, including of course the archaeological archives which are a key part of the end product of archaeological excavations.

Recently Rescue wrote to Hampshire Cultural Trust, which has managed museums on behalf of Hampshire County Council (to whom Rescue also sent a letter) and Winchester Borough Council since 2014, about whether their current round of redundancies reflected a change of circumstances since the Trust was formed or over-optimism in the initial plans.

It appears that this trust, and doubtless also the […]

2018-02-04T19:28:58+00:004 February, 2018|0 Comments

Good News: Threat to Torquay Museum removed

UPDATE  28th February:  We have now heard that the Mayor of Torquay has issued the following statement:

“At the Council meeting held on 8th February 2018 as part of my response to consultation of my Budget Proposals I proposed to maintain the level of grant to Torquay and Brixham Museums in 2018/2019 and 2019/2020. I am happy to report the motion was carried so the funding will remain in place until April 2020”


See below for the information about the threat to cut funding which has now been averted:

Rescue has been made aware of the following message, circulating over the weekend from […]

2018-01-29T10:52:13+00:0029 January, 2018|0 Comments

Rescue write to Hampshire Cultural Trust concerning threats to jobs

Rescue have recently been alerted by our members to potential job losses, and possibly threats to collections  at Hampshire Cultural Trust.

“New trust takes over Hampshire and Winchester art and museums”. Hampshire Chronicle, November 2014

Hampshire Cultural Trust was formed in 2014 to take over the running of Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council’s Museum Service. A key aim of the independent charity was to generate additional investment, gain access to additional funding opportunities. reducing dependency on local authority funding.

We have written to both the chief executive director of  Hampshire Cultural Trust and the Director of […]

2018-01-21T12:04:02+00:0021 January, 2018|0 Comments
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