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Public Views sought on Heritage Strategy for Walsall

Public Views sought on Heritage Strategy for Walsall
Published on 15 July 2021 Print

Funding awarded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund is helping Walsall develop a heritage strategy to reflect on the borough’s rich, diverse history and unlock its creative spirit.

In the strategy, Walsall Council has set out plans to work in partnership with communities, social enterprises, and public and private sector partners to unlock the real potential of our heritage and its assets to support a vibrant new future for the whole of the borough.

The project will include a pilot fund for community heritage projects and the development of a new Heritage Forum, bringing together stakeholders to develop projects, funding proposals, share good practice and build long term partnerships. 

Walsall Council is inviting residents, those that work in the borough, businesses, organisations and visitors alike to put their views forward and comment on the strategy. By participating in the consultation survey online you will help to shape the strategy and future projects.

The Draft Walsall Heritage Strategy (2021-2026) has been developed to:

  • Unleash Walsall’s creative spirit and industry to develop a resilient and distinctive heritage sector.
  • Ensure that we can all celebrate our rich and diverse heritage by opening up access for everyone and bringing to life our shared and varied stories.
  • Make Walsall a place to be truly proud of and create a positive and resilient legacy for the future.

Speaking about strategy, Councillor Adrian Andrew, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, said:

“The heritage strategy reflects the things from the past that we value and want to pass on to future generations. It could be creative arts, our canals and green spaces, regeneration schemes or education and employment. Anything that can unlock the potential of our unique heritage to reduce inequalities across the Borough.

Building on the already great work of organisations and communities, we encourage our residents, businesses, local organisations and wider stakeholders to respond to the strategy and get involved with the project in the years to come. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank The National Lottery Heritage Fund for making this possible.”

Commenting on the funding, Robyn Llewellyn, Head of Engagement at The National Lottery Heritage Fund in the Midlands and East of England said:

“We’re really excited about this new partnership with Walsall. Thanks to National Lottery players, this project will enable more opportunities that connect people with Walsall’s rich and vibrant heritage. As we begin to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, this project will contribute to bringing people back together, inspiring pride in communities and boosting investment in the local economy.”

To view the Council’s Draft Heritage Strategy and fill out a short feedback survey, visit: go.walsall.gov.uk/HeritageStrategy by the closing date of Wednesday 11 August.

For more information, contact heritagestrategy@walsall.gov.uk

Notes to editor

Walsall Council:

As a priority local authority area within the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Strategic Funding Framework 2019–2024, Walsall Council has received a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) to improve the Council’s heritage capacity and to stimulate heritage activity across the borough.

This heritage strategy and action plan will set the agenda for the Council over the next five years to both champion heritage within the Council and stimulate interest in heritage in its most diverse forms across the borough. 

Walsall Heritage Strategy web page: go.walsall.gov.uk/HeritageStrategy
 

The National Lottery Heritage Fund:

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/in-your-area/midlands-east