Wick­low County Coun­cil adopts new five-year her­itage plan

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

WICK­LOW’S Third Her­itage Plan aims to con­serve the nat­u­ral, built and cul­tural her­itage of the Gar­den County and to foster a greater aware­ness, ap­pre­ci­a­tion and en­joy­ment of this by all.

The Her­itage Plan 2017-2022 was pre­pared by the Wick­low Her­itage Fo­rum, a part­ner­ship group set up by Wick­low County Coun­cil and fa­cil­i­tated through the Her­itage Of­fice.

Deirdre Burns, the coun­cil’s Her­itage Of­fi­cer, ex­plained the back­ground to the draft doc­u­ment at the July meet­ing of Wick­low County Coun­cil.

‘The Her­itage Plan rep­re­sents a strate­gic ap­proach to the man­age­ment of her­itage in county Wick­low that is un­der­pinned by both Na­tional and lo­cal her­itage pol­icy,’ said Ms Burns.

This in­cludes mon­u­ments, ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ob­jects, her­itage ob­jects, ar­chi­tec­tural her­itage, flora, fauna, wildlife habi­tats, land­scapes, seas­capes, wrecks, ge­ol­ogy, her­itage gar­dens and parks and in­land wa­ter­ways. Ad­di­tion­ally, the Wick­low plan makes pro­vi­sion for other as­pects of cul­tural her­itage such as his­tory, ge­neal­ogy, tra­di­tional skills and place names.

The her­itage plan will be im­ple­mented through the an­nual work pro­gramme, over­seen by the Wick­low Her­itage Fo­rum and co-or­di­nated the Her­itage Of­fi­cer.

While the Wick­low Her­itage Fo­rum, Wick­low County Coun­cil and the Her­itage Coun­cil are key part­ners in the de­liv­ery of the plan, there is a sig­nif­i­cant role for the wider ‘her­itage com­mu­nity’ in Wick­low, which in­cludes ad­di­tional com­mu­nity groups, agen­cies, third level in­sti­tu­tions and in­di­vid­u­als.

The coun­cil will con­sider fund­ing al­lo­ca­tion for the de­liv­ery of the plan in ac­cor­dance with the an­nual bud­get.

De­liv­ery of the her­itage plan is also fa­cil­i­tated by an an­nual fund­ing al­lo­ca­tion from the Her­itage Coun­cil in the range of €25,000 to €30,000 and co-funded by Wick­low County Coun­cil.

Cllr Steven Matthews pro­posed that the elected mem­bers adopt the draft her­itage plan.

‘I am glad this doc­u­ment has been put together and we are pre­serv­ing and look­ing af­ter our nat­u­ral her­itage, his­tory and bio­di­ver­sity,’ he said.

Cllr Tommy Cullen praised the work of Ms Burns but felt the Her­itage Of­fice was un­der-re­sourced.

‘On a very limited bud­get the Her­itage Of­fice has cre­ated a her­itage blue­print for Wick­low, which is very im­por­tant,’ said Cllr Cullen.

‘I think it is a tribute to Wick­low County Coun­cil that we have a Her­itage Of­fi­cer, but I do think the Her­itage Of­fice needs more re­sources.’

Arts Of­fi­cer, Deirdre Burns.

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