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English Heritage gives Council talk on listed buildings

John Freeman

English Heritage will deliver a presentation to members of Lancaster City Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee tomorrow - an event that is sure to interest anyone keen to find out more about how buildings are 'listed' in view of the recent furore surrounding Lancaster's old brewery

Nick Bridgland, who is Heritage Protection Team Leader for the North will give a general presentation on the criteria and process for listing buildings and Andrew Davison, Inspector of Ancient Monuments and Team Leader for Cumbria and Lancashire, will deliver a presentation detailing the English Heritage grant programmes.

The presentations will focus on how applications for listing and grants are made, the criteria for assessing cases and English Heritage's role rather than on particular cases.

“The committee welcomes the chance to hear from representatives from English Heritage and find out more about their work," notes Coun John Gilbert, chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee. “The presentations are intended to be for our general information to enable the committee members to increase their knowledge of heritage matters, rather than discussing any specific local matters.”

Nick Bridgland from English Heritage, said: “Local Authorities such as Lancaster City Council have a central role to play in managing change in the historic environment. We are always looking for opportunities such as this to provide them with up-to-date information on how the listing and grants processes work."

• The presentation will take place at the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Wednesday 14th July, which takes place at Morecambe Town Hall from 5.00pm. The meeting should be open to the public