New scheme to get South East’s pubs and libraries listed


Historic England is looking at old pubs and libraries in the South East to see which should be registered as listed buildings.

The group, formally know as English Heritage, is the public body for protecting England’s historic environment and looks after everything from prehistoric landscapes across the South Downs to radically designed post-war buildings.

It advises the Government on which buildings should be listed and under a new scheme will be looking at pubs, libraries and even post-war public sculptures to see which should qualify for protection.

To mark the launch of the new campaign Historic England commissioned YouGov to survey people in England about how they relate to their heritage.

The poll showed English people care deeply for their heritage. Nationally, just under two fifths of people have taken action to protect a local building or place from damaging change or from becoming derelict or disused.

In the South East this figure is 41 per cent - the highest in the country together with the South West.

Duncan Wilson, Historic England chief executive, said: “This is a new era for the South East’s heritage and Historic England is committed to working with local communities, owners and partners to ensure this heritage is valued and protected.

“From the South East’s special historic buildings to those that form the backdrop to everyday life, this heritage is the physical embodiment of the past and the legacy that together we shall carry into the future.”

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