Peterborough - October 2014
Ely - October 2012
Ely - May 2011
Cambridge - June 2010
Ipswich - April 2010
Bury St. Edmunds - June 2009
Cambridge - Sept 2009
Kings Lynn - Oct 2009
Welcome to the East of England Civic and Amenity Societies
Message from the Chairman
New chairThe EECAS committee is proposing that Peter Lee succeed Peter Landshoff as the regional chair. The meeting in Norwich will be invited to endorse this, or make other proposals. Peter Lee was until recently chair of the Peterborough Civic Society, which strongly supported the launch of Civic Voice. He believes that there is a need for sharing of expertise and experience between civic societies in the region and that EECAS has an important role in facilitating this.
Meeting on community assetsAt Assembly House, Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RQ on Saturday, 7 February 2015 10 am to 3 pm
Register now here
The meeting is free!
Plain English Guide to the Planning SystemThe DCLG has published a Guide to help us!
Heritage Lottery FundOn 20 November I was at an HLF regional stakeholders meeting. We were told that in the 20 years since the Lottery was set up, the HLF has awarded more than £400 million in our region, to some 3500 projects. It was emphasised that the regional team is always ready to give advice: the first step is to fill in an enquiry form. To get one, register for a new user account. A programme for which there has been low take-up in our region is Heritage Enterprise. The cost of repairing a neglected historic building is often so high that restoration simply isn't commercially viable. Heritage Enterprise makes such schemes possible by funding some of the repair costs with grants of £100,000 to £5 million. There are a number of priority development areas in our region. See details here.
Heritage CountsHeritage Counts 2014 is the thirteenth annual survey of the state of the East of England's historic environment. Further details of particular case studies are here.
Civic Voice meetings in the region
East of England Environmental ForumOn 8 October I attended a meeting of EEEF.
Historic Environment ForumOn 7 October I attended a meeting of the region's HEF.
Protecting Your Local HeritageOn Saturday 1 November 2014 we will gather in Peterborough for a one-day meeting on how to better protect listed buildings and other heritage, particularly establishing local lists. There will also be an opportunity to see something of the historic city and its catherdral.
Sign up for the event here.
Power to Change Your CommunityPower to Change is a new initiative which will invest up to £150 million to support the development of sustainable community-led enterprises across England. It will be delivered by an independent Trust to be established later this year. More information
Peter Landshoff: pvl at damtp.cam.ac.uk
Chairman, East of England Civic and Amenity Societies
Civic Voice now has 290 member societies, of which 29 are in our region: