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Local archaeology services at risk

posted 8 Oct 2011, 02:01 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 12 Feb 2012, 09:10 ]

CBA Director, Mike Heyworth, interviewed on BBC’s Making History programme last week, has highlighted the importance of local authority archaeology services and how crucial local archaeological advisers are to ensuring that the heritage is properly considered in development.

The programme focuses on Merseyside, where the five local planning authorities (Liverpool, Knowsley, Wirral, Sefton and St Helens councils) have now ceased funding the Merseyside Archaeology Service. The Historic Environment Record (HER) for Merseyside has been re-opened to the public but is charging on a consultancy basis. The HER has been developed in conjunction with research by local groups, like the Merseyside Archaeological Society, interviewed on the programme, over the last 30 years. It is a unique public asset and information resource for planning and development – an essential point of reference for planning authorities like Liverpool – also a World Heritage Site – and Wirral, with major development projects along their watersides. The CBA is pleased to hear that Liverpool City Council is considering how it can improve rather than cut the service.

Read more on the CBA website

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