Nearly 60 members and guests were present at the AGM, representing 27 YHACS member societies.
David Winpenny, from Ripon Civic Society, has resigned from the committee. Alison Drake MBE, from Castleford Heritage Trust was nominated to join the committee and elected unanimously.
We had Ruth Garratt from The Canal and River Trust (formerly British Waterways) as a guest speaker. Now a charity, it receives funding from the government, from business, waterway users, grants and lottery bids. Their turnover is around £200m per annum.
Helen Kidman talked about the Big Conservation Conversation. Helen explained that she had been doing some research on conservation areas in both Yorkshire and the rest of England to build up data on conservation areas at risk and the loss of conservation officers and exploring what activities civic societies were undertaking to support conservation areas at a local level. There are some 500 conservation areas at risk in England, (50 in Yorkshire) and the problems identified vary considerably, from rural areas where stone
walls are prohibitively costly to repair, to urban areas of industrial buildings which cannot be found a viable use to sustain them.
Sarah James gave an update on news from Civic Voice and the meeting closed with a round up of news from member societies.
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