Inquiry into the Welsh Government's Historic Environment Policy

The Welsh Government is engaged in a review of historic environment legislation and policy which began in 2011 and will continue until about 2015, with new heritage legislation promised at that point.  The CLA is actively engaged in this.  As part of that, we have responded to this inquiry into the Review undertaken by the select committee which scrutinises that part of the Welsh Government.  This brief response to this committee points out the fundamental importance of first asking whether the heritage system works, and if not then why not and what should be done about it.  The Review needs to address the core problems, which are the lack of resource especially in local authorities, and national policy being still too focused on "preserving" heritage from change, rather than the modern best-practice approach of ensuring that heritage has a convincing future because it is used, valued, and sympathetically cared for.

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