Heritage Trust take over city archaeology role


B&NES has decided to ‘out-source’  another previous ‘in-house’ service with the announcement that the South West Heritage Trust is to take over the provision of specialist archaeological planning advice to the authority.

The Council used to have its own Senior Archaeological Officer – for the Planning and Conservation team – but Richard Sermon is no longer employed.

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Rescue archaeology down by the River Avon in 2016 prior to the bank being re-shaped as part of a flood prevention scheme.

The Trust will now advise on the archaeological implications of planning proposals, an integral part of the council’s development management service.  It will also maintain the Council’s Historic Environment Record, a database of historic sites.

The South West Heritage Trust is an independent charity committed to protecting and celebrating Somerset and Devon’s rich heritage.

Councillor Bob Goodman, cabinet member for Development and Neighbourhoods, said “We fully recognise the importance of archaeology and the historic environment within Bath and North East Somerset.

We need to protect these assets at the same time as encouraging growth. The South West Heritage Trust’s team are experts in their field and we look forward to working with them to deliver this important part of our development management service.”

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Old streets re-emerge following an archaeological ‘rescue’ on the river bank near Churchill Bridge back in 2016.

Tom Mayberry, Chief Executive of the South West Heritage Trust, said: “We’re delighted to be working with the council to ensure that archaeological advice is available to them when planning decisions are made”.

The Historic Environment Record can be found on the “Heritage Gateway” website at www.heritagegateway.org.uk/gateway/ and on the “Know Your Place” site at www.kypwest.org.uk/ For further details visit the trust’s website at www.swheritage.org.uk or call 01823 278805.

About the South West Heritage Trust:
As well as the widely-praised Museum of Somerset and the redeveloped Somerset Rural Life Museum, in Glastonbury, the trust manages state-of-the-art facilities in Taunton and Exeter to care for the extraordinary archive collections of the two counties. The trust also provides essential advice about the historic environment and manages historic sites. Individuals and businesses are invited to support the charity through its Supporters’ scheme. Visit: www.swheritage.org.uk