Year: 2017

Rescue says: Kicking the Football Down the Road at the Palace

If a person has a heart attack, or suffers from lung disease, a doctor’s advice can be sought and there are drugs available that can treat these conditions, with varying degrees of success. Sometimes, the treatments are almost as harsh as the disease and a person might still die from these conditions. But: if the …

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Rescue write to English Heritage concerning proposed job cuts

Rescue were notified earlier in the month concerning imminent job losses at English Heritage Trust. We wrote to their Chief Executive on 15th November to clarify the situation – our letter is below. Further information concerning these job losses has now emerged, with 160 jobs “at risk” and 90 job losses being reported: https://www.prospect.org.uk/news/id/2017/November/29/Prospect-warns-against-proposed-English-Heritage-redundancies

Rescue write to Highways England concerning A27 Arundel Bypass consultation

Highways England recently consulted on proposed improvements to the A27 Arundel bypass. Rescue were particularly keen, in our response, to indicate that the suggested “compensation” approach to ancient woodland was not in fact “replacing it” and that, indeed, such loss of woodland would undoubtedly have an adverse impact on the archaeological resource. Our response is …

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Rescue says: No to environmentally damaging planning reform

Following our recent exchange of views with Sir Mark Boleat regarding his recommendations to remove archaeological planning conditions and his denial of developer ‘land-banking’ as published in a report from the Housing and Finance Initiative (cited as a government ‘think tank’), Rescue is pleased to see the Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s apparent rejection of Sir Mark’s potentially …

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Rescue respond to “Raynsford Review” of the planning system in England

Rescue have recently responded to a call for evidence by the Raynsford Review of the planning system in England. Supported by the Town and Country Planning Association, this 18 month programme seeks a holistic appraisal of the kind of planning system the nation will need by 2020. Unsurprisingly, Rescue considers that heritage needs to be at …

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Rescue respond to “The Housing Problem in London: A broken planning system”

Rescue have written in response to the recent White Paper issued by the Housing and Finance Institute – “The Housing Problem in London: a broken planning system” (written by Sir Mark Boleat). This represented some strong opinions, stating that there was a “bias against development” in the planning process. Sir Mark Boleat also railed against …

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Rescue says: Our World Heritage Sites need more protection!

The 41st Session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee met in Krakow, 2– 12th July 2017. Deliberations included receipt of reports and making decisions on World Heritage Sites (WHSs) and the designation of new Sites.  For reports and decisions, including advice to States Party, see: http://whc.unesco.org/archive/2017/whc17-41com-18-en.pdf. The newly-designated English Lake District, a National Park, is safeguarded …

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Repairing damage to an 800-year old coffin at Prittlewell Priory – who should pay?

Repairs to an 800-year old coffin damaged by visitors to Prittlewell Priory Muesum in Southend will cost a “negligible” £100 to fix, according to Southend Council.1 For those unfamiliar with the story, the sandstone sarcophagus – found in the Priory grounds in 1921 complete with buried occupant – was damaged accidentally in the museum when …

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The case of a rare Roman figurine: disrespect for a nationally important archaeological artwork?

The newly renamed Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (sic) announced on the 24th July, that the Arts Minister John Glen had placed a temporary export bar on a Roman bronze figurine, to provide an opportunity to keep it in the country.1 The figurine is small, but described as “exceptionally rare”; depicting a figure …

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