Plan for World Heritage Site set for submission to UNESCO
Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet is being asked to give the green light for a plan to manage the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site to be submitted to both Central Government and UNESCO.
The Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Siteis widely recognised as being significant at a local, national and international level.
It is one of Britain’s first World Heritage Sites, inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1986 and has been hailed at the second most highly recommended World Heritage Site by contributors to the travel critique website Trip Advisor
It is a requirement of UNESCO that all World Heritage Sites have a Management Plan in place to ensure the effective protection and management of these global treasures for future generations.
In accordance with UNESCO best practice,the preparation of the plan has been overseen by the multi-agency Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site Steering Group.
A full public consultation has been carried out and the plan has since been amended and progressed to a point that it is ready for submission.
It will go before Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet on April 20 with a recommendation that it is approved for submission to UNESCO.
Councillor Richard Overton, Telford& Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Leisure, said: “The purpose of the plan is to ensure the effective protection of the site for future generations,preserving and protecting the outstanding natural value of the Ironbridge World Heritage Site.
“It also aims to improve the interpretation and understanding of the cultural landscape to its visitors and inhabitants and enhance the living community with the World Heritage Site through social and economic regeneration.
“Together with all our partners, we have committed to safeguarding the unique industrial heritage and character of the site for present and future generations and strengthening the Gorge as a vibrant, living and working community and strong economy.
“We also aim to interpret the World Heritage Site in ways that ensure its accessibility to all and make decisions which will conserve Ironbridge’s historic environment, essential ecological processes and biodiversity.”
The Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Siteis made up of the following partners:
- Department of Culture, Media and Sport
- English Heritage
- Historic England
- Environment Agency
- International Council on Monuments & Sites UK
- Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust
- Natural England
- Broseley Town Council
- The Gorge Parish Council
- Madeley Town Council
- Severn Gorge Countryside Trust
- Shropshire Council
- Telford & Wrekin Council