Consultation to be launched over new management plan for Saltaire (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Consultation to be launched over new management plan for Saltaire
10:00am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
A grand invitation to play a key part in Saltaire’s World Heritage status is being given to all who have a keen interest in its future.
In a bold new move, community and business leaders will meet with Council officers, transport chiefs and national heritage organisations to have their say about the future of the unique mill village.
And all ideas are welcome at the specially-convened workshop.
Tomorrow will see a gathering of some 50 interested people at Victoria Hall in Saltaire to review the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s management plan.
The move follows calls for action to improve Saltaire’s performance in tourism, as it has yet to reap the benefits enjoyed by other similar global sites.
Coun Val Slater, Bradford Council’s heritage champion and executive member for transport and planning, said: “This is a fantastic chance for a broad range of interested people to get involved in planning for the future development of Saltaire.
“UNESCO needs a revised plan, but everyone in the district also needs there to be a clear vision for the future of this jewel in our crown.
“Saltaire has so much potential for learning and enjoyment and this should be reflected in the plan.”
The workshop will consist of a series of sessions discussing preservation, economic sustainability, tourism and interpretation.
Keynote speaker John Rodger MBE, from the successful Blaenavon World Heritage Site in Wales, will share the experience of creating a management plan.
Everyone’s views will be gathered and fed into the re-writing of the management plan led by Helen Thornton, the World Heritage Site Officer for Saltaire.
The workshop launches a series of consultation events as part of the management planning process and anyone missing it will have other chances to get involved.
There will be a World Heritage Forum in the evening on Tuesday, October 24, and events planned for young people in the area which will be publicised widely nearer the time.
The aim is to have a revised management plan ready in a year’s time.
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