Today we have communicated with our members on the anniversary of Winchester Conservation Area celebrating its 50th anniversary. The original Conservation Area was designated in Winchester on December 20th 1967 in response to the Civic Amenities Act of 1967. It has been amended over the years and now, the current Winchester Conservation Area covers the entire city centre and a substantial portion of its inner suburbs: Happy 50th birthday Winchester Conservation Area.
To coincide with Winchester celebrating 50 years we are releasing results from our latest website poll which asked the question “What is the most important issue putting conservation areas at risk? From 1567 votes, “33% of respondents stated that vacant buildings and the need for new uses is the number one issue threatening the future of conservation areas”. Do you agree? Vote here.
As we move forward into 2018, the civic movement will be looking at long term management of conservation areas. We want to be positive and ambitious for conservation areas and the importance that they have for the country, whilst being clear that we may have to work differently if we want to have our towns, cities and villages being well managed. It is the responsibility of us all to play a part in the community in which we live.
It is pleasing to know that civic societies are making the case for conservation areas and linking with our poll result today, you may want to look at our Sharing Success section on our website where you can read how:
- Halifax Civic Trust undertook an audit to assess the growing problem of empty buildings in Halifax Town Centre.
- The Kings Lynn Civic Society, were this week praised in a report by the Federation of Master Builders as they have estimated that that there is space for an additional 50 homes in empty properties in their area.
- Or the fact that the Yorkshire and Humber Association of Civic Societies will be updating a report in 2018 looking at Buildings at Risk across Yorkshire.
Civic societies are part of the solution across the country. We believe that the future of conservation area can be positive. We want to see more communities put Civic Action at the heart of conservation areas in 2018.
The value of conservation areas on the impact of this country is clear. Their future is not.