Her­itage get­ting bet­ter

Canal Boat - - News Special -

THE CANAL & RIVER Trust is re­spon­si­ble for the care of 2,663 listed build­ings and 50 sched­uled mon­u­ments – and the good news is that a re­cent re­port shows sig­nif­i­cant progress to safe­guard wa­ter­ways her­itage, with 85 per­cent of his­toric struc­tures classed as be­ing in good con­di­tion or bet­ter.

This com­pares to ten years ago when 125 pro­tected wa­ter­way struc­tures ap­peared on lo­cal or na­tional Her­itage at Risk reg­is­ters – now down to 24. The re­port de­tails strate­gies used to man­age his­toric and some­times frag­ile in­fra­struc­ture, in­clud­ing the grow­ing role of vol­un­teers:

More than 1,500 hours by 40 vol­un­teers help­ing the her­itage team, up 78 per­cent from last year.

2014/15 saw the first ‘co­hort’ of 14 Her­itage Trainees be­ing taken on for a three-year scheme sup­ported by the Her­itage Lottery Fund

The HLF re­mains an im­por­tant part­ner in en­abling her­itage projects, with over £ 570,000 raised by the Trust in 2014/15

Ve­hi­cle strikes re­main a com­mon cause of dam­age to his­toric bridges, with 134 in­ci­dents recorded last year

Sir Neil Cos­sons, chair of the Her­itage Ad­vi­sory Group, said: “The care of its des­ig­nated her­itage as­sets is a suc­cess story of which the Trust can be proud, but we are all in­creas­ingly aware that the net­work as a whole is a vul­ner­a­ble as­set need­ing the most sen­si­tive of han­dling and man­age­ment. The task ahead for the Trust – and all of us – is to en­sure that the value of this pre­cious in­her­i­tance is un­der­stood and pro­tected.”

You can read the whole re­port on canal­rivertrust.org.uk

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