De­but strat­egy for her­itage in the bor­ough

Hinckley Times - - NEWS - KAREN HAMBRIDGE karen.hambridge@trin­i­tymir­

A BROAD plan to pre­serve and pro­tect her­itage as­sets in the bor­ough has been put to pa­per for the very first time.

Hinck­ley and Bos­worth coun­cil­lors wel­comed the new Her­itage Strat­egy at a re­cent meet­ing, fol­low­ing its jour­ney through draft pro­cesses and pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

The blue­print, and an ac­com­pa­ny­ing ac­tion plan, will guide civic work to em­pha­sise and en­hance the di­verse his­tory of the area over the next five years.

With the strat­egy in place the coun­cil is in a stronger po­si­tion to ap­ply for a Her­itage Lot­tery Fund grant to de­liver a Town­scape Her­itage scheme for Hinck­ley town cen­tre.

A re­port to full coun­cil said: “The bor­ough has a unique and dis­tinc­tive her­itage which is re­quired to be pre­served and en­hanced for present and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions by statute and na­tional pol­icy.

“The his­toric en­vi­ron­ment is a valu­able as­set which con­trib­utes to broader coun­cil am­bi­tions for peo­ple, places and pros­per­ity. Specif­i­cally it con­trib­utes to eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, ur­ban and ru­ral regeneration, tourism, leisure and recre­ation, com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment, good ur­ban de­sign and town plan­ning, pro­vi­sion of for­mal and in­for­mal ed­u­ca­tion, de­vel­op­ment of skills and achiev­ing sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. The strat­egy aims to help de­fine, re­in­force and bring these di­verse as­pects to­gether.”

Cur­rently the bor­ough has 340 statu­tory listed build­ings while a list of lo­cal her­itage as­sets is be­ing com­piled by the au­thor­ity.

There are 28 con­ser­va­tion ar­eas in­clud­ing the length of the Ashby Canal, cen­tres of the hosiery and boot and shoe in­dus­tries and his­toric town and vil­lage cen­tres.

There are 22 sched­uled monu- ments in­clud­ing me­dieval moats, Ne­olithic bowl bar­rows and Saxon burial mounds.

And of course there is one reg­is­tered bat­tle­field at Bos­worth where the killing of King Richard III by Henry Tu­dor ended the Plan­ta­genet age and her­alded in a new dy­nasty.

In Hinck­ley a former frame­work knit­ters cot­tage houses Hinck­ley and District Mu­seum which opened in 1995 and has am­bi­tions to ex­pand and ul­ti­mately house the town’s re­stored Han­som Cab.

The strat­egy has four key aims - in­crease un­der­stand­ing and aware­ness of her­itage with im­proved ac­ces­si­bil­ity, im­ple­ment pos­i­tive ac­tion to man­age and en­hance her­itage, en­sure a part­ner­ship ap­proach to care for our her­itage and en­cour­age the pro­mo­tion and en­joy­ment of her­itage.

Doc­u­ments can be read and down­loaded from the coun­cil web­site.

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