Wednesday 31 October 2012
Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, will be in Brecon next week to listen to the views of residents about the future of Wales’s archaeological sites, historic buildings and historic parks and gardens.
In partnership with Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) and CyMAL, Cadw is holding a number of drop-in events around the country. The event in Brecon will be held on 8 November at the Guild Hall from 10am to 3pm. People are welcome to drop in at any time during the event.
The event will provide an opportunity for the public to discuss the proposed changes to the way heritage is protected in Wales, and to be brought up to date on the progress of developing a new Heritage Bill for Wales.
The Heritage Bill, scheduled for 2014/15, is being introduced by Huw Lewis, the Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage, with the aim of providing better protection for Wales’s heritage.
Heritage sites and experiences make a significant contribution to the £4.2 billion worth of tourism spend in Wales annually. Natural attractions, castles and historic sites are the top attractions visited by 72% of visitors staying in Wales, providing employment for thousands directly through the heritage sector and indirectly through the tourism industry.
The drop-in event will give Welsh residents the opportunity to communicate, share and discuss ideas about ways to protect the country’s heritage assets in order for them to be sustained and preserved.
The Minister explained: ‘It’s particularly important that we hear what our local communities have to say whilst we work on the Heritage Bill.
'Listening to our local residents will help us fulfil our aim to take action to deliver the things that make a difference to individuals, families and communities now and in the future.
‘We’re hoping many people will come along to one of these events as we’re interested in hearing what’s important to the local community, how they feel about their heritage and what they think Cadw should be doing to protect such valuable assets.’
For any further information please contact Angharad Huws, Heritage Bill and Policy Manager, on 01443 336090 or email email@example.com