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Coventry To Be A ‘Heritage Action Zone’ In A New Scheme By Historic England

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Coventry will be one of ten Heritage Action Zones in England, in the first round of a new scheme set up by Historic England.

Coventry has a rich history that is a source of great pride to its residents with its medieval centre and its post-war architecture that rose from the ashes of the 1940 Blitz. Research has shown that historic places play a fundamental role in economic and social wellbeing – the Heritage Action Zone will unlock this potential.

Following a highly competitive selection process, work will now begin to develop the detail of a package of research, grant aid, local community engagement and support. A comprehensive Heritage Action Zone agreement will be signed by April 2017.

The Coventry Heritage Action Zone partnership includes Historic England, Coventry City Council, Historic Coventry Trust, Coventry Cathedral, Coventry University and the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Louisa Moore, Principal Adviser in Historic England’s West Midlands Historic Places Team said: “Heritage Action Zones aim to breathe new life into historic places. Coventry’s fascinating story can be used to encourage further regeneration and growth, and Historic England is keen to play our part in helping that happen.”

Councillor Linda Bigham, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Development, said: “I’m delighted that our bid to be a Heritage Action Zone has been successful. Our city is shaped by its wonderful history and heritage and there is a lot to celebrate. But it also has a critical role to play in our future too and this initiative can help us to make more people aware of what’s on their doorstep and that’s great news.”

Ian Harrabin, Chairman of Historic Coventry Trust said: “The huge potential that Coventry’s heritage – spanning 1,000 years – offers to the economic success of the city has been overlooked in the past. It is great that Historic England sees the huge potential and is supporting our mission. Just in time for the panto season Cinderella has met the Fairy Godmother and a glittering future awaits.”

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