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Conservation Areas Wirral leading the way for long term enhancement of conservation areas

Conservation Areas Wirral leading the way for long term enhancement of conservation areas

 

Conservation Areas Wirral is a forum of all Wirral’s 26 Conservation Areas. Established in 2014 it is a voluntary-run organisation with members drawn from all of Wirral’s active Conservation Areas. It works with Wirral residents, Wirral Council and Historic England to promote and protect the distinct character of Wirral’s Conservation Areas and to ensure they can be accessed and enjoyed by all, both now and in the future.

Ian Harvey, Executive Director, Civic Voice, this week attended the 40th anniversary of Hamilton Square, Wirral a conservation area that is on the Heritage at Risk Register. Ian explained that designating a conservation area should not be seen as an end in itself: we live in a changing world and for the historic environment to survive and continue to be cherished it needs to be positively managed. He was delighted to hear that Civic Voice's idea of Conservation Area Improvement Districts is not as far fetched as some people may think!

The local Chamber of Commerce, Conservation Areas Wirral and Wirral Council are joining forces to fund costs and work involved in developing a management plan for Hamilton Square. Both the Chamber and Wirral Council realise the vast potential that Hamilton Square has in attracting tourists to the area and how it could become a key part of the economic regeneration of the area. Having the Chamber of Commerce support this plan is a great example of private sector playing a role in the economic regeneration of our towns.

Ian shared the ideas being developed in Hackney around a methodology to assess the "significance of a conservation area", with several groups expressing interest in learning more about the tool.