Taking stock of listed buildings

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Around 50 volunteers will be helping to take stock of listed buildings across the High Peak and Staffordshire Moorlands in a pioneering new project.

Called Counting our Heritage, the scheme is one of 18 pilots taking place across England. Volunteers have attended training sessions before undertaking the survey work on behalf of High Peak Borough Council (HPBC) and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

The authorities received funding from English Heritage to work with the voluntary sector to assess 1,200 listed buildings across the area. The work is being done over the next couple of months and a report will be submitted to English Heritage by the end of August.

HPBC Leader Caitlin Bisknell said: “It will help the council and English Heritage understand the overall condition of these buildings which contribute so much to the character of the area and I’d like to say a big thank you to all our volunteers for getting involved.”

Volunteers have been recruited from local amenity groups, historical societies, town councils and parish councils.