Peter Aldous urges Government to promote UK as a world heritage visitor destination

23rd May 2019

Peter Aldous highlights the establishment of the high street area in Lowestoft as a heritage action zone and calls on the Government to ensure such initiatives are co-ordinated nationally so that we can promote the UK as a world heritage visitor destination.

Heritage: Cultural Importance

8. What assessment he has made of the cultural importance of heritage to towns and cities throughout the UK. [911073]

As set out in the Government’s heritage statement, heritage is an essential part of our cultural economy, cultural landscape and our country. Our heritage is globally renowned and world leading. The importance of heritage to towns and cities includes the creation of a better place to live in, work in, and visit.

Heritage will be a vital component part of town centres as they reinvent themselves, and the high street area in Lowestoft is now a heritage action zone. What steps are being taken to ensure that such good initiatives are nationally co-ordinated, so that we best promote the UK as a world heritage visitor destination?

The Government’s comprehensive plans for high streets are a nationally co-ordinated initiative that will help high streets to adapt to change, and promote our heritage. Some £42 million of funding from the Government and Historic England will create dozens of high street heritage action zones, including Lowestoft, and £3 million will come from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and £15 million from the Architectural Heritage Fund to support social enterprise. Lots of money is going to heritage, as it should do.


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