Events and Meetings


16 July 2018 6-7.30pm

Heritage Debate: National and Local

The Rotunda, 107-109 Great Mersey St, Kirkdale, Liverpool, L5 2PL  |  FREE

Heritage Debate: National and Local with Dave Chetwyn

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In a port city that has always adapted and thrived from change throughout the ages Liverpool is in a unique and unusual situation in the 21st century. How much can preservation of the wonderful groundwork structure of the area still encourage growth and what features can we add to instead of replacing? How much has the mindset changed over the years and what influences can we gain from various similar example sites around the country?

Dave Chetwyn will give a presentation to Merseyside Civic Society guests to ask questions around the development of Liverpool and pose two viewpoints and perspectives to the debate.

Dave authored ‘Conservation Professional Practice Principles’ which was published in 2017 by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, the Historic Towns and Villages Forum and Civic Voice. The book will be referenced and debate will focus around national deliberation around planning and heritage. This overarching argument will be applied to the current debate about Liverpool’s World Heritage Site. Other waterfront areas will be referenced and the question will be posed; what can Liverpool learn from others? Or what can others learn from Liverpool about World Heritage Site conservation and growth?

Liverpool’s role as one of the world’s great maritime cities contributes hugely to its historic and contemporary character and raises issues and opportunities for preservation, development and the balance of the two. Join us to explore recent and current debates within the city with comparisons to the plans and strategies being developed in other coastal and waterfront areas.

Dave Chetwyn is Managing Director of Urban Vision Enterprise CIC and D2H Land Planning Development, Chair of the Board of the National Planning Forum, an Associate of the Consultation Institute and a Design Council Built Environment Expert. His former roles include Head of Planning Aid England, Chair of the Historic Towns Forum, Chair of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and a team leader in local Government. Dave has also acted as a neighbourhood plan independent examiner and is author of Locality’s Neighbourhood Planning Roadmap Guide and various other guides, including parts of British Standard BS7913.

The event will be hosted at The Rotunda, Kirkdale. Maxine Ennis CEO Rotunda Ltd will give a short introduction to the Community owned building and education charity that the event will be held at.

Rotunda are an educational charity, based in inner city ward of Kirkdale, Liverpool. They deliver adult and young persons education (predominantly NEET), alternative education provision for excluded 13-16yr olds, a heritage centre, an enterprise centre, nursery, a counselling service and horticulture, volunteering and leisure activities in our new Kirkdale Community Garden. The Rotunda work with on average 2000 people a year with the following results: people into jobs and education as progression routes, people gain confidence, trust and resilience; people developing new goals and the ability to achieve them; people participating in formal and informal learning, community actions and personal development.

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Getting to the event

By Bus

There are bus stops on both Major Street and Sterling Way which are both 2 minutes walk from The Rotunda. Both the 300 and 52A bus routes will drop you two minutes from the venue if visiting from the the South or the 55 and 47 can be caught from the North.


The 27 bus route can be used if visiting from the West.

By Train

Sandhills train station is 10 minutes walk from the venue.

By Car

If travelling from the South the venue can be accessed via Scotland Rd. If travelling from the North approach from the Stanley Rd. is recommended. Approach from the West can be accessed via Everton Valley and Kirkdale Road.

There is a secure car park (St.Domingo car park) 10 minutes walk from The Rotunda or street parking is available around the venue.

Anybody who is unsure of how to make it to the venue can contact for further information about how to access the venue.