Pilot scheme will train local community to look after their own heritage assets

PUBLISHED: 12:19 24 October 2019 | UPDATED: 10:06 26 October 2019

A summer view of Exmouth seafront from Ocean bowling alley terrace. Ref exe 33-16AW 3814. Picture: Alex Walton.

A summer view of Exmouth seafront from Ocean bowling alley terrace. Ref exe 33-16AW 3814. Picture: Alex Walton.

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Volunteers will be trained to look after their town's heritage areas, buildings, monuments and landscape.

A project has been launched to help residents build their knowledge and skills in areas such as Budleigh Salterton, Otterton and Sidmouth.

Volunteers will be trained to help review, manage, protect and enhance the heritage assets.

The project aims to educate and build price amongst the whole community, including schoolchildren.

The East Devon AONB has approved Sustainable Development Funding for the project, along with the Norman Family Trust.

The funding will be managed by the Otter Valley Association and supported by East Devon District Council, the Fairlynch Museum, Drakes Primary School, Salem Chapel, East Budleigh Parish Council and the Neighbourhood Plan group.

A number of other initiatives, as part of the East Devon Heritage Strategy (2019 - 2031), are under way, including a new guide listing local heritage assets and a new district council heritage working group, which meets to tackle heritage issues.

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