Plans for future of Saltaire take shape

World Heritage Site officer Helen Thornton

World Heritage Site officer Helen Thornton

First published in News

Councillors will be updated on how work to promote Saltaire’s World Heritage Site status is progressing next week.

A management plan for the village is being drawn-up, which looks at how to boost tourism and the economy in the area while considering the objectives of the World Heritage Convention.

Public consultation is ongoing to gather ideas as to how the area could be promoted and the experience of those visiting enhanced.

The management plan is a requirement as part of the village’s UNESCO World Heritage Site status, which was granted in 2001.

Bradford Council has the responsibility of ensuring its protection and conservation, with World Heritage Site officer Helen Thornton leading the work, supported by a steering group.

Members of the regeneration and economy overview and scrutiny committee will hear on Thursday how residents, schools, stakeholders and businesses have been, and are continuing to be, asked for their input.

Miss Thornton said a “skeleton plan” will also be presented to councillors.

“It shows the structure of the [final] plan and it shows what all the chapters will cover, and it has got a list of issues which are emerging from the consultation,” she said.

“I’ve had a really good response. There are very supportive officers, but more importantly we’ve had a really positive response from our steering group.”

She said “lots of exciting projects” involving working with schools were still to happen.

Bradford Council Heritage Champion Councillor Val Slater, who chairs the Saltaire Steering Group, said: “Things are progressing very well. We’ve had a number of events and there has been quite an interest from both other stakeholders involved in the heritage site, but also from residents of Saltaire, and a number of ideas have come forward.

“Some of them we can progress with and some are more aspirational, but we do welcome the input from everybody.”

The draft plan describes Saltaire as “an outstandingly well preserved example of a mid-19th century industrial textiles town” and says “it aims to be a welcoming and inclusive place with a vibrant community, which takes inspiration from its past, whilst planning for a sustainable future.”

The meeting of the committee starts at 5.30pm at Shipley Library on Thursday.

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