HHA: from strength to strength

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Af­ter four years, Richard Comp­ton will step down as pres­i­dent of the His­toric Houses As­so­ci­a­tion (HHA) to be suc­ceeded by cur­rent deputy James Birch of Dod­ding­ton Hall in Lin­colnshire. Mr Comp­ton’s ten­ure has seen a bar­rage of tax mea­sures chip away at the abil­ity of pri­vate own­ers to keep his­toric prop­er­ties in a state of re­pair. Nev­er­the­less, at the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s AGM this month, he pointed out that HHA mem­bers gen­er­ate £1 bil­lion each year for the na­tional econ­omy and are re­spon­si­ble for some 70,000 jobs. ‘The HHA is a means of rep­re­sent­ing the views of in­de­pen­dent own­ers of the coun­try’s most sig­nif­i­cant houses to those in po­si­tions of power,’ says Mr Comp­ton. ‘Whether in West­min­ster, Holy­rood, Cardiff or Belfast, it’s vi­tal that the HHA’S voice is heard. We must mo­bilise our strength through con­tin­u­ing to work with our part­ners, such as His­toric Eng­land and the Her­itage Lottery Fund.’

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