Give this law a 50thbirth­day makeover

Country Life Every Week - - Athena - Cul­tural Cru­sader

FOR those of us that care about the ap­pear­ance of old towns and vil­lages, this year marks the 50th birth­day of one of our most valu­able ur­ban tools: the Con­ser­va­tion Area. The Civic Ameni­ties Bill of 1967 was, in many ways, the in­evitable con­se­quence of the ram­pag­ing, de­struc­tive years of the 1960s, which saw large ar­eas of well-loved his­toric towns and cities de­stroyed for the sake of ‘progress’.

De­spite this, the Act that first cre­ated Con­ser­va­tion Ar­eas was it­self some­thing of a fluke, as its spon­sor, Dun­can Sandys, a for­mer gov­ern­ment min­is­ter and founder of the Civic Trust, just hap­pened to win first place in the list for Pri­vate Mem­bers’ Bills in 1966. With the timely sup­port of the then old-build­ing-sen­si­tive Min­is­ter of Housing

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