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Rescue Says: UNESCO has severely criticised the UK Government for its treatment of the World Heritage Site of the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City

This comes in a report published ahead of a UNESCO meeting next week. The Liverpool site was given World Heritage Site status in 2004, but since then and particularly from around 2012 when it was officially placed on the “In Danger” list (detailed in Rescue News 114 &115), the report catalogues a series of fundamental …

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Rescue write to Sheffield University Vice Chancellor concerning proposed cuts to archaeology department

Rescue have written to express our concern regarding reported proposals which threaten closure of Sheffield University’s Archaeology Department. We have added our voice to letters from across the profession which have opposed these damaging and short-sighted proposals. “Our members are astonished and appalled that this department, whose long-standing reputation for excellence and training of some …

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Rescue Says: A303 Stonehenge DCO granted – A sad day for our archaeological heritage

On 12 November 2020 Transport Secretary Grant Shapps granted a Development Consent Order for the Stonehenge Expressway and Tunnel scheme across the World Heritage Site (WHS). His decision flies in the face of the Examining Authority’s (ExA) recommendation for refusal. The five Planning Inspectors found that“The effect of the Proposed Development on the OUV of …

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RESCUE response to the consultation on the Planning for the Future White Paper

Rescue have responded to the consultation on the Planning for the Future White Paper. RESCUE members recognise that there is an urgent need for new housing and that such housing needs to be affordable to the many who are now excluded from the housing market and that it must address the critical issue of climate …

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Rescue respond to proposed changes to the current planning system

The Government are currently consulting on a series of wide ranging changes to the Planning System. Key amongst these will be the Planning White Paper, which Rescue will be responding to in detail. Our response below concerns proposed changes to permission in principle: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/changes-to-the-current-planning-system Read our response below:

Rescue’s AGM 2020 and Open Meeting: The Future of Digitisation

The Rescue 2020 AGM and Open Meeting went virtual, via Zoom. It was very well attended, and the open meeting was a great success. The theme was “Digging Into The Future of Digitisation: what does this mean for Archaeology?” Brendon Wilkins (Dig Ventures) and Dr Chiara Bonacchi (University of Stirling) presented thought-provoking perspectives on the …

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RESCUE’s response to Historic England’s Local Authority Strategic Framework Consultation

Historic England have recently consulted on their Local Authority Strategic Framework Consultation. This framework is intended to prioritise the partnership work they undertake with local authorities, which underpins the heritage management system in England. Overall, we believe the stated objectives, activities and outcomes include some valuable points but with a rather heavy emphasis on passive …

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Rescue says: Government announcement on local lists

On the 23rd October 2019, the government announced new measures to be undertaken as part of what the Communities, Housing and Local Government  Secretary  of State, Robert Jenrick MP, called the “most ambitious heritage preservation campaign for 40 years”. He said that with the historic environment singled out as a “key function of the planning system” the government …

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