CBA Yorkshire Notices
The future of the North Yorkshire County Council historic environment team is at risk after new budget cuts at North Yorkshire County Council, agreed last month, which include a reduction of over £470,000 in the budget for Waste and Countryside Services. This will include a reduction of £155,000 in staff costs for waste, archaeology, biodiversity and ecology services over the next year (2014/15).
The historic environment team currently employs 4 members of staff, including an HER officer, and provides archaeological guidance to local planning authorities, developers, residents and land owners. They also maintain the county historic environment record. North Yorkshire is the largest county in Britain and has a significant and diverse archaeological heritage.
The main roles of the archaeological service are to:
· The service covers the county of North Yorkshire outside of the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks. North Yorkshire is the largest county in Britain and has a significant and diverse archaeological heritage.
National CBA has recently published this briefing document on local government authority archaeology services (DOCX format, 4 pages), which you may find helpful
Although the budget has been agreed, the detail of how the cuts will be implemented, or the impact it will have on the historic environment team, is not yet clear. It is therefore vital that councillors are reminded of their responsibilities to heritage under the NPPF and are asked to clarify exactly what impact the new budget will have on the service, and how the County Council’s responsibilities to heritage and archaeology will be met in the future.
What you can do
Read this short briefing document prepared by the national Council for British Archaeology (PDF format, 2 pages).
· If you are resident (and vote) in North Yorkshire write to your Councillor and consider writing to your MP.
Keep your letter short, to the point, empathetic to the challenges facing councils, and polite.
Always identify yourself and that you are one of the people they represent.
Your voice counts more if they think you vote for them.
Find details of the County Councillor for your area via the council’s website: http://democracy.northyorks.gov.uk/Committees.aspx?councillors=1
Doug Rocks-Macqueen has written a useful blog post on How to Communicate with Your Elected Representative Effectively.
Please share this message with other interested individuals and groups in North Yorkshire.
What we are doing
Both national CBA and CBA Yorkshire are writing to the Leader of the council (Councillor John Weighell - http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/article/25142/Bedale-division) to express our concerns and to ask for clarification on detail of how the cuts will be implemented, their impact on the historic environment team and how the council’s responsibilities will be met in the future.
We are also contributing our views to the more long term review of local government archaeological services commissioned by the Minister for Culture, Communications and the Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey, and being undertaken by Lord Redesdale and John Howell MP.
Our annual general meeting for 2014 will be held on Saturday 8 February 2014 in the Stoddart Lecture Theatre, Sheffield Business School, Arundel Gate, Sheffield Hallam University City Campus, Sheffield at 10:00 am.
The agenda and supporting papers, including 2013 AGM minutes and accounts for 2012-13 are attached.
Our annual Symposium for 2014 will be held on Saturday 8 February 2014 in the Stoddart Lecture Theatre, Sheffield Business School, Arundel Gate, Sheffield Hallam University City Campus, Sheffield at 11:00 am.
A programme and booking form is attached.
Advance booking is essential.
The cost of the day is £9 (per member) or £12 (per non-member) morning tea/coffee is inclusive.
Lunch is not provided.
From 1 April 2013 our annual membership subscription rates for UK based members will be:
£12.50 individual member
£15.00 joint membership for two people living at the same address
£5.00 student member
£15.00 institutional affiliation
To join us complete the form at www.cba-yorkshire.org.uk/join
Our annual Symposium for 2013 will be held on Saturday 2 February 2013 in the Fountains Lecture Theatre, York St John University, Clarence Street, York at 11:00 am.
A programme and booking form is attached. We shall be distributing copies of the new 2012 Forum journal to members during the day.
Advance booking is essential as the Fountains Lecture Theatre has limited capacity.
The cost of the day is £7 (per member) or £10 (per non-member) morning tea/coffee is inclusive.
Lunch is not provided.
Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 2 February 2013 in the Fountains Lecture Theatre, York St John University, Clarence Street, York at 10:00 am.
The AGM agenda, accounts for 2011-12 and minutes of the 2012 AGM are attached.
YAC is aimed at young people from 8 up to 17 years of age with an interest in ARCHAEOLOGY and is run by a bunch of enthusiastic archaeologists, museum professionals and teachers. The York branch meet once a month for a two-hour session in which they explore the heritage of York and surrounding area. Members go 'behind the scenes' at museums and places of historic interest and learn about the many specialisms that allow us to develop our understanding of the past. YAC take every opportunity to 'get stuck in' with practical tasks, ranging from object handling through to excavation! For further details of how to join as a young member or as a volunteer leader please visit the National YAC website: http://www.yac-uk.org//
You can also help keep the YAC branches going for another 40 years by supporting the Dig Deep for YAC Campaign (http://www.yac-uk.org/yaccampaign).
Photo credit: Victoria Adams, 13-10-2012
CBA Yorkshire will have a stand at the next annual YAT Annual Archaeology and History Fair in York on Saturday 13 October. We would be pleased to meet any members attending.
On Wednesday 18 July the CBA Yorkshire team met lots of people interested in archaeology and the wider rural heritage at the Driffield Show in East Yorkshire. We were able to answer some good questions, such as "Why are archaeological remains always buried so deeply?" and "Where can I find local digs to volunteer on?". We were accompanied in the Rural Heritage tent by displays from CBA members East Riding Archaeology, East Riding Archaeology Society and East Riding Museums, as well as Southburn Archaeological Museum and the High Wolds Heritage Group. We're now looking forward to next year's show.