Potteries Heritage Society has been chosen as one of only 15 civic societies to take part in a national pilot programme focusing on Community Rights. The programme is being co-ordinated by Civic Voice, is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and will cover the Community Right to Bid, Right to Challenge and Right to Build, as well as Neighbourhood Planning.
Potteries Heritage Society has teamed up with Second Look Stoke to publish "The Potteries Good Guide to Christmas Shopping" to help local people shop more ethically by supporting our town centres, independent retailers and local manufacturers.
The idea that our cultural and built heritage can be supported by altering our shopping habits is not new, but collaboration with a new initiative promoting Stoke Town gave us the idea to explore some common ground.
11 listed buildings and 5 conservation areas in Stoke-on-Trent remain on the national Heritage At Risk register, revised for 2014 by English Heritage. The full details are available on their website here but we have included a summary, which places them in order of priority or vulnerability.
The inclusion of most of the buildings listed will not be a surprise to our members as many are vacant or underused properties that the Society has raised concerns over for many years. The list also includes some of the City's vulnerable conservation areas.
Potteries Heritage Society led a successful tender to co-ordinate Heritage Open Days in Burslem this September. Working with Urban Vision, we promoted and helped organise four events, which spanned three days, two of which were repeated.