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Gloucester's history 'to be kept alive' in new 10-year Heritage Strategy

A new strategy that ensures Gloucester's "history will be kept alive" has been launched by the city council.

The new heritage strategy forms part of the Great Place scheme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England and will guide the council for the next decade.

It aims to keep Gloucester's heritage at the forefront of the city's culture, regeneration, tourism and economic development.

The city council worked alongside the Gloucester Culture Trust, Gloucester Civic Trust, Gloucester Historic Buildings Trust, the Heritage Forum and Historic England to write the Heritage Stategy 2019-2029.

The work that will be carried out as part of the strategy will see Gloucester's architecture reinstated to a higher quality as part of the planning process and through grant schemes.

These will included the Townscape Heritage Initiative in Southgate Street and forthcoming High Street Heritage Action Zone in Westgate Street.

Works will include restoring historic shopfronts, reinstatement of timber windows, improving signage and public realm and encouraging regenerating vacant upper floors in the gate street.

As well as larger heritage led regeneration schemes such as Llanthony Secunda priory, Project Pilgrim, Discover De Crypt, the strategy will influence decision making across the city.

Proposals include the creation of a local list of heritage assets, enhancing design aspirations for the city and providing greater training and traditional skills opportunities to all.

The strategy has also contributed to proposals under the Gloucester City Plan which will be open for consultation later in the year.

Councillor Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council said:"We know that Gloucester's heritage is really important to our residents.

"This strategy sets out the work the council will do over the next ten years to make sure Gloucester's history is kept alive and at the forefront of plans for the City."

Cllr Steve Morgan, cabinet member for culture and leisure at Gloucester City Council said: "Gloucester's heritage is a very important part of our culture.

"With this strategy in place we can make sure we make the most of Gloucester's history for both residents and visitors to the City.'

Hollie Smith-Charles, Director of Gloucester Culture Trust said: "The city's extraordinary history is at the heart of our ambition to put Gloucester on the cultural map.

"We welcome this strategy, which provides a roadmap for how we can strengthen, promote and celebrate Gloucester's heritage over the next decade.'

To view the full Heritage Strategy for Gloucester click here 

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