This week’s Welsh Assembly plenary session debated the government’s historic environment strategy and its intentions for the way forward following the recent Future of our past consultation.
The official transcript of the debate can be found here.
Most interesting were the interventions and amendments to the main motion noting progress and next steps. Liberal Democrat amendments welcomed the decision not to go ahead with the proposed merger of the Royal Commission and Cadw; called for regular publication of evidence of the effect heritage policies have on policy; and called on the government to provide an update on work undertaken to develop a Welsh Heritage Alliance or national heritage preservation trust. Discussion of the latter included the proposal for a trust that combines public, private and third sectors, and is financed from all three. These three amendments were agreed. Two further amendments, one to make local listing a statutory requirement on local authorities, and the other to bring in a new category for listing buildings which illustrate important aspects of local social, economic, cultural or military history, were lost.
During a fascinating debate Julie Morgan AM paid tribute to the work of the Rhiwbina Civic Society as emblematic of the work of third sector bodies, and highlighted their achievement in plaque-marking the former homes of notable locals.