Date issued: 25 August 2020The number of heritage assets in the borough granted protection has risen substantially, after Colchester Borough Council’s Local Plan Committee met last night (24 August 2020) to update the Local List.
Six of the latest adopted assets were recommended by Colchester Civic Society and 15 by a local volunteer in Marks Tey. Any person or group can nominate a building or asset for inclusion or removal on the Local List by contacting the council for further advice. All new candidates will be assessed by officers with expertise in the historic environment, and where necessary supported by external expertise, before a recommendation based on sound evidence is made to the council. To make a representation, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Julie Young, Portfolio Holder for Business & Culture and Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “I would like to thank everyone who has helped shape the new Local List. Their attentiveness and passion for the past will ensure many more heritage assets get the protection they richly deserve.
“With over 2,000 years of unique and fascinating history to draw upon, the heritage list provides an extra tool to champion the local historic environment for the benefit of current and future generations.
“The Local List is a work in progress – an opportunity to tell us what treasures of the past matter most to you – so I would urge the public to step forward with suggestions for heritage gems to include in future lists and help us make a Better Colchester.”
The Local List can be read online, with the latest assets uploaded in the coming weeks.
And in a further move to safeguard local heritage – a group of Bronze Age burial mounds, or barrows, was awarded Scheduled Monument status this week, after being nominated by the council for inclusion on the National Heritage List for England.
The prehistoric remains, which lie close to Annan Road, Colchester, have been recognised by Historic England as a rare example of a Bronze Age barrow cemetery in the east of England, unusual for having survived in a river flood plain location and with important archaeological potential in the form of earthwork and buried deposits.
Further information about the barrows can be found here.