Heritage at Risk 2012 published
A total of 5,831 listed buildings, monuments, archeological sites, landscapes, battlefields, protected wrecks, places of worship and conservation areas are now on the Heritage at Risk Register.
See the full list here
Excluding listed places of worship (for which the survey is incomplete), 1150 assets have been removed from the list for positive reasons since the Register was launched (2008). The sites that remain at risk tend to be the more challenging ones where solutions are taking longer to implement.
Highlights from Heritage at Risk 2012 include
- 292 local planning authorities have taken part in the survey of conservation areas
- Of the 7,976 conservation areas that have been surveyed, 524 (6.6%) are at risk (find out if your local conservation area is at risk here)
- Nationally, 3% of grade I and II* listed buildings are at risk. The proportion varies from 1.7% in the South East to 6.1% in the North East. (Read here)
- 6.1% of England’s 1617 registered parks and gardens are at risk (Read here)
- 16.6% of England’s 19,759 scheduled monuments are at risk (Read here)
- A total of 318 entries were removed from the register in the last year, but 360 were added, a net increase of 42 entries
- 1150 assets have been removed for positive reasons since the Register was launched in 2008.
A regional breakdown can be accessed here
To coincide with the launch, English Heritage is embarking on an ambitious project to see if it is possible to assess the condition of England’s 345,000 grade II buildings. For this, they need the civic movement’s help! They are looking for a variety of partners – local authorities, heritage groups and civic groups – to set up some 15 pilot surveys in different parts of the country.
Could your civic group come up with the best way of surveying, collecting and maintaining data on the condition of these grade II buildings. Would you be able to marshall a team of volunteers? Perhaps you already have a local Heritage at Risk Register which contains the information English Heritage are looking for or perhaps you could use this as an opportunity to set one up!