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
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.
main roles of the archaeological service are to:
archaeological advice to local planning authorities;
pre-planning guidance to developers and residents, and archaeological advice to
landowners and agents;
guidance on archaeological work across the county, including commercial and
and manage heritage information and access to it (including curating the North
Yorkshire Historic Environment Record);
the historic environment of the region.
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.
CBA has recently published this briefing
document on local government authority archaeology services (DOCX format, 4
pages), which you may find helpful
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
briefing document prepared by the national Council for British Archaeology
(PDF format, 2 pages).
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.
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.
share this message with other interested individuals and groups in North
What we are doing
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.
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.