Community interest groups across Clare are being invited
to have their say on the drafting of a new heritage strategy
for the county.
Clare County Council, in conjunction with its partners, is
currently developing the second Heritage Plan for County Clare,
covering the period 2009-2013. The Clare Heritage Office will
formally launch the public consultation process at a major
heritage conference - The Clare Heritage Conference
- taking place on 24th/25th April 2008 at the Temple Gate
Hotel in Ennis.
The event will feature presentations on such issues as funding,
community heritage, built heritage, natural heritage, networking
and communication and the effectiveness of the Clare Heritage
Plan since its introduction in 2003.
“It is imperative that the new Heritage Plan reflects the
needs and views of all of the people of County Clare” - stated
Ms. Bernadette Kinsella, Director of Services, Economic Development
and Planning, Clare County Council. She added - “It is important
that we are made aware of ideas, comments and concerns relating
to networking and communication, opportunities for funding,
the needs of communities and individuals to carry out a local
heritage project, best practice guidelines, access to heritage
sites and advice on built and natural heritage.”
Ms. Kinsella added that the upcoming conference would provide
community interest groups with the ideal opportunity to learn
more about the new Heritage Plan, as well as a range of other
heritage related topics and issues.
The event will include addresses by Junior Environment and
Energy Minister Tony Killeen TD and John Gittins of the Cheshire
Landscape Trust, along with representatives of various community
organisations from across Clare.
Mr. Gittins, who spoke at the last Clare Heritage Conference
in June 2001, will discuss the importance of communities taking
responsibility for their own heritage, while Minister Killeen
will explain how the Department of the Environment, Heritage
and Local Government can facilitate such actions.
Additional information on the new Clare Heritage Plan,
2009-2013 is available from the Heritage Section of Clare
County Council - Tel: 065-6821616, Email: [email protected]
Submissions should be forwarded to the Heritage Section
of Clare Co. Council, Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis
or by e-mail to - [email protected]
The closing date for receipt of submissions is Friday,
16th June 2008 at 5pm.